- Peacock (2005 film)
Infobox Chinese Film
name = Peacock
caption = Promotional poster for "Peacock"
producer = Dong Ping
Er Yong Gu Changwei
writer = Li Qiang
Zhang Jingchu Feng Li Lu Yulai
Sha Liu Tao Yan
Asian Union Film
released = Berlin
18 February, 2005
18 February, 2005
runtime = 144 minutes
People's Republic of China
language = Mandarin
amg_id = 1:323328
imdb_id = 0445506
jianti = 孔雀
fanti = 孔雀
pinyin = kǒng què
"Peacock" (zh-cp|c=孔雀|p=kǒng què) is a 2005 film directed by
Gu Changwei, written by Li Qiang. This is Gu's first film as director after a lengthy career as a cinematographer for some of China's top directors. The film premiered simultaneously in both China, and in competition at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival, and went on to receive Berlin's Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear. [cite web|url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117918249.html?categoryid=1886&cs=1|title= 'Carmen' cops gold| author=Meza, Ed| publisher= "Variety" | date=2005-02-21| accessdate=2008-05-31]
Original runtime was over four hours, but was reduced to 144 minutes for theatrical release.
The story is set in the 1970s in a small town in China. A middle aged couple has three children. The eldest son is obese and mentally challenged, therefore he is outcast and teased by others. The second child is an outgoing and energetic daughter, who is not afraid of doing anything to pursue her dreams or to survive. The youngest child is a shy and quiet boy who is ashamed by his older brother and tries to break away from the misery in his family. Breaking into three sections focusing on each of these siblings, the film allows us to look into the lives of ordinary Chinese people in the 70s.
Zhang Jingchuas Gao Weihong, sister; a young woman who wishes to join the local paratrooper unit of the People's Liberation Army.
Feng Lias Gao Weiguo, elder brother.
Lu Yulaias Gao Weigiang, younger brother.
Huang Meiyingas mother of the Gao family.
Zhao Yiweias father of the Gao family.
Liu Leias Guo Zi
Wang Lanas Jin Zhi, the wife of Weiguo in an arranged marriage.
Yu Xiaoweias Paratrooper, a soldier who lands one day in a field near the Gao family's home.
Shi Junhuias Xiaowang, the driver for a local official who married Weihong.
An Jingas Zhang Lina, a singer and wife of the youngest sibling, Weigiang
Liu Guonanas Zhang Xi
Wang Yingjieas Godfather, an accordion player who strikes up a friendship with Weihong.
Zong Pingas a teacher
Yang Mengas Tao Meiling
Gu Changweias a blind man
* [http://www.berlinale.de/en/archiv/jahresarchive/2005/02_programm_2005/02_Filmdatenblatt_2005_20050003.php "Peacock"] at the 2006
Berlin International Film Festival
* [http://www.dianying.com/en/title/kq-2004 "Peacock"] at the Chinese Movie Database
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