Cry Woman

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Cry Woman
Cry Woman.jpg
Traditional 哭泣的女人
Simplified 哭泣的女人
Mandarin Kū qì de nǔ rén
Directed by Liu Bingjian
Produced by Jason Chae
Ellen Kim
Michel Reilhac
Deng Ye
Written by Liu Bingjian
Deng Ye
Starring Liao Qin
Wei Xingkun
Zhu Jiayue
Li Longjun
Music by Dong Liqiang
Cinematography Xu Wei
Edited by Ying Zhou
Distributed by Mirovision
Release date
  • May 19, 2002 (2002-05-19) (Cannes)
Running time
90 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin

Cry Woman (Chinese: 哭泣的女人; pinyin: Kū qì de nǔ rén) is a 2002 Chinese film directed by Liu Bingjian. It was Liu's third feature film and like his previous two films, Incense and Men and Women, Cry Woman was not given permission to screen in China.

Cry Woman stars the Beijing Opera star Liao Qin in her first film role.[1]

Despite being banned in China, the film was screened at several international venues, including the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival held in the Czech Republic[2] and in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


Wang Guixiang (Liao Qin) and her husband (Li Longjun) are a migrant couple living in Beijing. Wang is eking out a career selling unlicensed DVDs when disaster strikes and police confiscate her DVD stocks, and her husband is arrested after getting into a fight over a mahjong game. Forced to return to Guizhou, she meets an old boyfriend (Wei Xingkun), who suggests she take a job as a professional mourner. Surprisingly, Wang finds herself very good at her new job as a "cry woman" and soon discovers that her talents are very much in demand.



  1. ^ Vick, Tom (2002). "Kuqide Nuren". allmovie. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  2. ^ "Cry Woman". Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-18. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Cry Woman". Retrieved 2009-10-31. 

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