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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Tailor Made Romance (Xiao cai feng) (France / China, 2002)

Directed by Sijie Dai. Cast: Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu, Shuangbao Wang, Zhijun Cong. At the height of Mao's Cultural Revolution, two teenage boys are among thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education." The narrator and his best friend find themselves in a remote village where their only distractions are a violin and the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when they discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. 111 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Bloom, Michelle. "Contemporary Franco-Chinese Cinema: Translation, Citation and Imitation in Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and Tsai Ming-Liang's What Time is it There?" Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Oct-Dec2005, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p311-325, 15p Full-text of this article / review is available: UC users only
Chevaillier, Flore. "Commercialization and Cultural Misreading in Dai Sijie's Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise." Forum for Modern Language Studies, Jan2011, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p60-74, 15p Full-text of this article / review is available: UC users only
Deppman, Hsiu-Chuang "Dai Sijie Locating the Third Culture in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress." In: Adapted for the screen: the cultural politics of modern Chinese fiction and film / Hsiu-Chuang Deppman. Honolulu, T.H. : University of Hawai'i Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Liu, Xinmin. "'Place' Construction: Innovative Reworking of Fiction in Recent Chinese Films." Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 17, no. 57, pp. 699-716, 2008 Nov Full-text of this article / review is available: UC users only
Silvester, Rosalind. "Genre and Image in Francophone Chinese Works." Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, Dec2006, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p367-375, 9p Full-text of this article / review is available: UC users only

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