Peacock (2005 film)

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Promotional poster for Peacock
Directed byGu Changwei
Produced byDong Ping
Er Yong
Gu Changwei
Written byLi Qiang
StarringZhang Jingchu
Feng Li
Lu Yulai
Music byDou Peng
CinematographyYang Shu
Edited bySha Liu
Tao Yan
Distributed byAsian Union Film
Release date
  • February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18)
Running time
144 minutes

Peacock (Chinese: 孔雀; pinyin: kǒng què) is a 2005 film directed by Gu Changwei, written by Li Qiang. This is Gu's first film as director after a lengthy career as a cinematographer for some of China's top directors. The film premiered simultaneously in both China and in competition at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival, going on to receive Berlin's Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear.[1]

Its original runtime was over four hours[citation needed], but was reduced to 144 minutes for its theatrical release.


The story is set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, in a small town in Mainland China. A middle-aged couple has three children. The eldest son is obese and mentally challenged, a social outcast and is constantly teased by others. The second child, the daughter, is energetic and independent, and isn't afraid of doing anything to pursue her dreams or to survive. The youngest child is an introverted, quiet boy who is ashamed of his older brother and tries to break away from his family's misery.

Breaking into three sections, each focusing on one of the siblings, Peacock allows us to look into the lives of ordinary Chinese people immediately after the Cultural Revolution.



  1. ^ Meza, Ed (21 February 2005). "'Carmen' cops gold". Variety. Retrieved 31 May 2008.

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