Life on a string

Life on a string

DVD - 2001 | Chinese
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A tale of master and pupil, both blind, who wander in search of enlightenment. Through their banjos they express themselves, living for the fulfillment of the prophecy that when the thousandth string breaks, the player will be rewarded with sight and wisdom.
Publisher: New York : Kino on Video, cc2001
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 LIF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 11, 2016

This is a 1991 Chinese drama directed by Chen Kaige.
In the first scene, a little blind banjo-player sits at the deathbed of his master, who tells him that, once the thousandth string breaks, he will be rewarded with the sight and wisdom both of them so vigilantly pursue.
Sixty years later, the boy is now an old blind man.
Set againt the awesome backdrop of the barren mountains and plains of inner Mongolia, it is a tale of an aimless quest for enlightenment with a mesmerizing grand-scale spectacle with the philosophical pursuite of the blind old master and his young blind diciple.
When the thousandth string breaks, the old man doesn't get his sight back and seems in distress.
Yet he meets a Mercy-Goddess-like woman and a Buddha-like man.

Jan 12, 2011

This is an all time favourite of mine. A song sung by the Old Man is so haunting that it is playing in my mind as I write. On YouTube it is called "The best song ever." This is the third time I've watched this classic and it is fresher than ever.

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