Platform (2000 film)

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Platform
Platform poster.jpg
Directed by Jia Zhangke
Written by Jia Zhangke
Starring Wang Hongwei
Zhao Tao
Liang Jingdong
Music by Yoshihiro Hanno
Cinematography Yu Lik-wai
Edited by Kong Jinglei
Release dates
  • September 4, 2000 (2000-09-04) (Venice)
Running time
143 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin

Platform (Chinese: 站台; pinyin: Zhàntái) is a 2000 Chinese film written and directed by Jia Zhangke. The film is named after a popular song about waiting at a railway platform.

It is set in and around the small city of Fenyang, Shanxi province, China, from the end of the 1970s to the beginning of the 1990s. Fenyang was also the birthplace of director Jia Zhangke. The film is called "an epic of grassroots".

It follows a group of twenty-something performers as they face personal and societal changes.

Dialogue is a mixture of local speech, mainly Jin Chinese and Mandarin.

The film was voted the second best film of the past decade by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)'s Cinematheque, by more than 60 film experts (historians, archivists, etc.) from around the world.[1][2] Another film by Jia Zhangke, Still Life, was voted the third best film.[2] Platform placed 32 on Slant Magazine's list of the 100 best films of the 2000s[3] and was named as one of Sight & Sound’s films of the 2000s.[4]

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