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Suzhou River Suzhou River is the second film of Lou Ye who is the sixth generation directors in Chinese mainland However he directs this film in a different direction from the works of his Beijing Film Academy contemporaries Zhang Yuan Beijing BastardsBeijing Zazhong 1993 and Wang Xiaoshuai The DaysDong-Chun De Rizi 1993 There are some obvious similarities between this film and Wong Kaiweis ChungKing ExpressChongqing Senlin The story is about four people Meimei Mudan Mada and a videographer Meimei a performing mermaid at a nightclub illuminates the life of the videographer However she slips in and out of his life Her bouts of unexplained silence and periods of absence deeply trouble him One day a man called Mada claims that Meimei is his long-lost love He keeps convincing Meimei that she was his girlfriend before Here points of view begin to shift to Mada and Mudan Mada a motorcycle courier was once asked to deliver Mudan the daughter of a local alcohol merchant to her aunt When Mudans father entertains prostitutes she must be delivered to a relative Then Mada and Mudan fall in love But their tender happiness is disrupted Mada involves with a plan to kidnap Mudan for ransom This heavily hurts Mudans feelings She jumps into the Suzhou River promising to haunt Mada forever as a mermaid So Mada is convinced that Mudan is still alive and keeps seeking her for years after he has been released from the jail He believes that Meimei must be Mudan and keeps seeing Meimei Finally Mada finds Mudan by chance but soon their bodies are hauled out of the Suzhou River after a drunken motorcycle crash Here Suzhou River becomes a place for the exchange of birth and death Meimei is stunned by such a love story when she finds out what Mada told her is true She leaves the videographer at last with a question if I leave you someday would you look
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