Xiu Xiu: the Sent-Down Girl


1h 40m 1998

Brief Synopsis

As a teenager Xiu Xiu is pulled from school and "sent down" to the remote countryside of Tibet to learn horsetrading and perform manual labor. Falsely promised the chance to lead her own female cavalry unit, Xiu Xiu learns that she has been lied to by her teacher Lao Jin and soon fears that she will

Film Details

Also Known As
Xiu Xiu
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Foreign
Period
Romance
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Good Machine International; The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Distribution Company
STRATOSPHERE/STRATOSPHERE ENTERTAINMENT; Id Distribution; Intercontinental Film Distributors (Hong Kong); Paradiso Entertainment; Primer Plano Film Group
Location
Tibet, China; Sichuan Province, China

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

As a teenager Xiu Xiu is pulled from school and "sent down" to the remote countryside of Tibet to learn horsetrading and perform manual labor. Falsely promised the chance to lead her own female cavalry unit, Xiu Xiu learns that she has been lied to by her teacher Lao Jin and soon fears that she will spend the rest of her life as his slave. After sleeping with many men who use her, she comes to the realization that Lao Jin is the only man who truly loves her.

Crew

Greg Adams

Original Music

Fei Baodi

Xiu Xiu Body Double

Chris Barden

Script Translation

Dan Blessinger

Other

Jay Boekelheide

Sound Designer

Tom Bullock

Post-Production Wrangler

Michelle Byrne

Other

Wesley Cease

Other

Alice Chan

Producer

Joan Chen

Producer

Joan Chen

Screenwriter

Joan Chen

Executive Producer

Johnny Chen

Music; Music Composer & Producer

Johnny Chen

Song ("Water Of Desire")

Qin Cheng

Art Consultant

Michael Chin

2nd Unit Camera (2nd Unit)

Angela Chou

Negative Cutter

Eileen Chow

Subtitle Consultant

Yvette Deveraux

Other

Carmen Dragon

Other

John Dysart

Other

Ernie Ehrhardt

Other

Liesl Ehrman

Other

Christopher Emerson

Sound Assistant

Phil Feather

Other

Tom Fedrini

Other

Robert Fernandez

Other

Toby Foster

Other

Dana Freeman

Other

Mary Garafolo

Other

Axel Geddes

Film Conformer

Yang Gifeng

Production

Terry Glenny

Other

Harold Greenburg

Other

Marlene Hajdu

Original Music

Michael Harrison

Other

Stephen Hart

Foley Mixer

Shi He

1st Assistant Director

Lauren E Himmel

Avid Assistant

Michael Hinton

Other

Chen Jie

3rd Assistant Camera

Gao Jie

Script Supervisor

Wen Jingrei

Best Boy

Jim Kallett

Film Conformer

Steve Kaminsky

Other

Bob Korda

Other

Johana Krejci

Other

Pan Lai

Production Designer

Ami Chai Levy

Other

Joel Lish

Music Conductor

Allison Liu

Executive Producer

Ed Martel

Original Music

Ellen Martel

Other

Bruce Miller

Other

Jorge Moraga

Other

Marie Morohoshi

Publicity (San Francisco)

Mark Nathan

Voice Recording & Mixing Facilities (Sound Castle Studio)

Harvey Newmark

Other

Jacob Nielsen

Title Design

Margie O'malley

Foley Artist

Celia Pan

Assistant Editor

David Parker

Re-Recording Mixer

Feng Ping

Set Construction

Frank Rinella

Adr Mixer

Alicia Sassano

Vocals

Marcella Sassano

Vocals

Harry Scorzo

Other

Cecile Shah Tsuei

Executive Producer

Steve Sheridan

Color Timer

Liu Shiyun

Art Director

Jim Sitterly

Other

John Smart

Other

Kackie Suzuki

Other

Marda Todd

Other

Carter Tomassi

Title Camera (Messyoptics)

Elaine Tubenis

Other

Lawrence Walker

Subtitle Consultant

Bruce Walters

Digital Visual Effects

Ginny Walters

Digital Visual Effects

Lin Weiguo

Set Construction

Mark Jan Wiodarkiwicz

Music Editor

Xi Xiao

Wardrobe

Geling Yan

Screenwriter

Geling Yan

Source Material (From Novel)

Ruby Yang

Editor

Ruby Yang

Associate Producer

Tiffany Yi Hu

Violin Solo

Lin Zhilan

Electrician

Wang Zhiliang

1st Assistant Props

Kevin A. Zimmerman

Film Conformer

Film Details

Also Known As
Xiu Xiu
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Foreign
Period
Romance
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Good Machine International; The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Distribution Company
STRATOSPHERE/STRATOSPHERE ENTERTAINMENT; Id Distribution; Intercontinental Film Distributors (Hong Kong); Paradiso Entertainment; Primer Plano Film Group
Location
Tibet, China; Sichuan Province, China

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of seven awards at the 1998 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actress (Lee Lu-lu) and Best Actor (Lopsang Chunpei), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song and Best Music.

Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at the 1998 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Winner of two awards at the 1999 Paris Film Festival, including the Special Jury Prize and Best Actress (Lu Lu).

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States April 1999

Released in United States February 1998

Released in United States June 25, 1999

Released in United States March 1999

Released in United States November 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States on Video October 19, 1999

Released in United States September 1998

Released in United States Spring May 7, 1999

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 11-22, 1998.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (in competition) October 8-18, 1998.

Shown at Denver International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) October 8-15, 1998.

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 28 - November 15, 1998.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Contemporary International Cinema) in East Hampton, New York October 14-18, 1998.

Shown at Hawaii International Film Festival November 6-13, 1998.

Shown at New York Women's Film Festival April 22-25, 1999.

Shown at Palm Beach International Film Festival April 9-18, 1999.

Shown at Paris Film Festival (in competition) April 6-13, 1999.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 23 - May 7, 1998.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 4-14, 1999.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New Directors Showcase) May 21 - June 14, 1998.

Shown at St Louis International Film Festival October 29 - November 8, 1998.

Shown at Taipei Golden Horse FIlm Festival November 28 - December 12, 1998.

Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 3-7, 1998.

Feature directorial debut for actress Joan Chen who graduated with a BA in film production from California State University, Northridge, in 1991.

This film was shot without official clearance from China's Film Bureau. Technically, all films shot on mainland soil require script clearance, a shooting permit, and censorship clearance prior to export. Subsequently, "Xiu Xiu" was banned in China due to its sexual and political content.

"Sent-Down" is the term applied to the 7.5 million young students sent to the countryside for manual labor during the Cultural Revolution.

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 28 - November 15, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 23 - May 7, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New Directors Showcase) May 21 - June 14, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at St Louis International Film Festival October 29 - November 8, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Taipei Golden Horse FIlm Festival November 28 - December 12, 1998.)

Released in United States February 1998 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 11-22, 1998.)

Released in United States March 1999 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 4-14, 1999.)

Released in United States April 1999 (Shown at New York Women's Film Festival April 22-25, 1999.)

Released in United States April 1999 (Shown at Palm Beach International Film Festival April 9-18, 1999.)

Released in United States April 1999 (Shown at Paris Film Festival (in competition) April 6-13, 1999.)

Released in United States Spring May 7, 1999

Released in United States June 25, 1999 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States September 1998 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 3-7, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (in competition) October 8-18, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Denver International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) October 8-15, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Contemporary International Cinema) in East Hampton, New York October 14-18, 1998.)

Released in United States on Video October 19, 1999

Released in United States November 1998 (Shown at Hawaii International Film Festival November 6-13, 1998.)