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I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)

Wo bu shi Pan Jin Lian (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 18 November 2016 (China)
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After being swindled by her ex-husband, a woman takes on the Chinese legal system.

Director:

Xiaogang Feng

Writer:

Zhenyun Liu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chengpeng Dong ... Wang Gongdao (as Da Peng)
Bingbing Fan ... Li Xuelian
Wei Fan ... Guo Nong (as Fan Wei)
Xiaogang Feng ... Narrator
Tao Guo ... Zhao Datou
Zonghan Li ... Qin Yuhe (as Li Zonghan)
Hua Liu ... Lao Hu (as Liu Hua)
Hai Tao Hai Tao
Hewei Yu Hewei Yu ... Zheng Zhong (as Yu Hewei)
Jia-yi Zhang ... Ma Wenbin (as Zhang Jiayi)
Yi Zhang ... Jia Congming (as Zhang Yi)
Lixin Zhao ... Shi Weimin (as Zhao Lixin)
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Storyline

Having no other option, Li Xuelian, a poorly educated villager, and her husband Qin Yuhe agree to fake a divorce. However, during the couple's separation, Qin falls in love with another woman--and as if his divorce with Li was real--he decides to move on with his life, leaving the jilted former spouse out in the cold. Under those circumstances and in the dreadful position of being denounced as a Pan Jinlian--a 17th-century Chinese adulteress who conspired with her partner to kill her husband--Li sets off on a legal crusade to clear her name. But even though Li is undoubtedly determined, on the other hand, she is nothing but a small nuisance in a sluggish and bureaucratic system where, sometimes, ants can become elephants. In the end, how long can a single woman hold on against an entire government? Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am Not Madame Bovary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$181,552, 20 November 2016

Gross USA:

$436,798

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,826,207
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Runtime:

| (after the censorship)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

Circular
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Trivia

The film is presented in a round frame, not the conventional 4 frames. See more »

Quotes

Leader: A sesame seed has become a watermelon.
[pause]
Leader: An ant has become an elephant.
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Every man is a good actor. But the director is not good enough
18 February 2019 | by yoggworkSee all my reviews

Every man is a good actor. But the director is not good enough, especially this kind of novel garbage picture. The story of the whole film is to develop in the direction of black satire, but because of commercial considerations, dare not say very thoroughly. Only Mayor Ma said something about the substance.


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