Life on a String


1h 50m 1991

Brief Synopsis

A tale with underlying social messages about a blind storyteller who travels the countryside with his young blind apprentice and the musical instrument which he believes holds great power. Along the way, the two meet a girl who falls in love with the apprentice and changes their plans.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bian Zhou Bian Chang, Bian zou bian chang, La Vie sur un fil, Vie sur un fil, La
Release Date
1991
Production Company
Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Film4 Productions; Herald Ace Inc; Pandora Films; Telepool Gmbh
Distribution Company
Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Cineplex Odeon Films; Cineplex Odeon Films; Film4 Productions; Filmes Do Estação; Forum Distribution (France); Herald Ace Inc; Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA); Kino International; Mikado Film; Pandora Films; Trigon Films
Location
Qinghai, China; Beijing Provinces, China; Inner Mongolia, China; Ningxia-Huizu, China; Gansu, China; Shaanxi, China

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

A tale with underlying social messages about a blind storyteller who travels the countryside with his young blind apprentice and the musical instrument which he believes holds great power. Along the way, the two meet a girl who falls in love with the apprentice and changes their plans.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bian Zhou Bian Chang, Bian zou bian chang, La Vie sur un fil, Vie sur un fil, La
Release Date
1991
Production Company
Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Film4 Productions; Herald Ace Inc; Pandora Films; Telepool Gmbh
Distribution Company
Channel 4; Channel Four Television; Cineplex Odeon Films; Cineplex Odeon Films; Film4 Productions; Filmes Do Estação; Forum Distribution (France); Herald Ace Inc; Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA); Kino International; Mikado Film; Pandora Films; Trigon Films
Location
Qinghai, China; Beijing Provinces, China; Inner Mongolia, China; Ningxia-Huizu, China; Gansu, China; Shaanxi, China

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States January 10, 1992

Released in United States Summer June 12, 1992

Released in United States 1991

Released in United States August 1991

Released in United States September 1991

Released in United States October 1991

Released in United States 1992

Released in United States January 1992

Released in United States March 1992

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 22 - September 2, 1991.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 20 - October 6, 1991.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (out of competition) August 7-16, 1991.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 5-14, 1991.

Shown at MIFED in Milan October 20-25, 1991.

Shown at Singapore Film Festival April 16-May 1, 1992.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 8-15, 1992.

Shown at Istanbul International Film Festival March 14-29, 1992.

Began shooting August 17, 1990.

Completed shooting November 29, 1990.

Won first prize at both the Sinapore and Istanbul film festivals in 1992.

First entirely foreign financed film shot in China with a Chinese crew.

Released in United States January 10, 1992 (Public Theater; New York City)

Released in United States Summer June 12, 1992

Released in United States 1991 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 20 - October 6, 1991.)

Released in United States August 1991 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (out of competition) August 7-16, 1991.)

Released in United States September 1991 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 5-14, 1991.)

Released in United States October 1991 (Shown at MIFED in Milan October 20-25, 1991.)

Released in United States 1992 (Shown at Singapore Film Festival April 16-May 1, 1992.)

Released in United States January 1992 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 8-15, 1992.)

Released in United States 1991 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 22 - September 2, 1991.)

Released in United States March 1992 (Shown at Istanbul International Film Festival March 14-29, 1992.)