Life on a String (film)

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Life on a String
Life On A String DVD.jpg
DVD release cover
Directed by Chen Kaige
Produced by Karl Baumgartner,
Cai Rubin
Donald Ranvaud
Written by Chen Kaige
Shi Tiesheng
Starring Liu Zhongyuan
Huang Lei
Xu Qing
Music by Qu Xiaosong
Cinematography Gu Changwei
Edited by Pei Xiaonan
Distributed by United States (DVD):
Kino International
Release date
Running time
110 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin

Life on a String (simplified Chinese: 边走边唱; traditional Chinese: 邊走邊唱; pinyin: Biān zǒu biān chàng; literally: "Walking and singing at the same time") is a 1991 Chinese film by acclaimed film director Chen Kaige. Made before his international breakthrough Farewell, My Concubine, Life on a String is a more intimate and philosophical affair,[citation needed] telling the story of a blind sanxian player and his young disciple. The film was based on the novel by Shi Tiesheng. The film was entered into the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  • Liu Zhongyuan as the Old Master, a master blind sanxian player, as a child he was told that upon wearing out his 1000th string, his sight would be restored.
  • Huang Lei as Shitou, his young disciple.
  • Xu Qing as Lanxiu


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Life on a String". Retrieved 2009-08-09. 

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