Knitting (film)

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Knitting Film Poster.jpg
Directed by Yin Lichuan
Produced by Jiao Aimin
Liu Jiang
Vivian Qu
Written by Yi Lichuan
Based on "The Story of Li Ai and Haihai"
by Amei
Starring Zhang Yi
Lu Yulai
Music by Zhang Weiwei
Cinematography Liu Yonghong
Edited by Yan Tao
Distributed by Rezo Films International
Release date
  • 21 May 2008 (2008-05-21) (Cannes)
Running time
105 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin

Knitting (Chinese: 牛郎织女; pinyin: Niú lán zhī nǔ) is a 2008 Chinese film directed by Yin Lichuan. Yin's second film as director, Knitting is a romantic drama. The film was adapted by Yin from the short story "The Story of Li Ai and Haihai" by author Amei.[1]

The film premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight on 21 May 2008.[1]

Though the film's setting is never stated, Knitting was shot in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.[1]


  • Zhang Yi as Li Daping. A simple woman from the north, but now living in the south of China with her boyfriend Chen Jin and has recently suffered a miscarriage as the film begins.
  • Yan Bingyan as Zhang Haiying. Haiying is one of Chen Jin's ex-girlfriends who suddenly moves into Daping and Chen Jin's apartment. While she bullies and taunts Daping, the two eventually come to share a bond when Chen Jin abandons a newly pregnant Daping.
  • Lu Yulai as Chen Jin, Li Daping's selfish boyfriend.


Knitting was inspired in part on the story of the Cowheard and the Weaver Girl, the basis of the Chinese festival of Qi Xi, also called the Magpie Festival or the Chinese Valentine's Day.[2]

Director Yin Lichuan noted in her statement of intent that Knitting was meant to explore female themes from a feminine perspective. To this end the film has two female leads, one "clumsy and simple-minded," the other "tenacious and shrewd."[3]

Referknitting ences[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Elley, Derek (2008-05-22). "Knitting Movie Review". Variety. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Knitting". TIFF 2008. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Director's note of intent". Yin Lichuan Film Studio. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 

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