Platform (2000 film)

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Platform poster.jpg
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese站台
Simplified Chinese站台
Literal meaningRailway platform
Directed byJia Zhangke
Written byJia Zhangke
Produced byKit Ming Li
Shozo Ichiyama
StarringWang Hongwei
Zhao Tao
Liang Jingdong
Yang Tianyi
CinematographyYu Lik-wai
Edited byKong Jinglei
Music byYoshihiro Hanno
Release date
  • September 4, 2000 (2000-09-04) (Venice)
Running time
154 minutes
193 minutes (director's cut)

Platform is a 2000 Chinese film written and directed by Jia Zhangke. The film is set in and around the small city of Fenyang, Shanxi province, China (Jia's birthplace), from the end of the 1970s to the beginning of the 1990s. It follows a group of twenty-something performers as they face personal and societal changes. The dialogue is a mixture of local speech, mainly Jin Chinese and Mandarin. The film has been called "an epic of grassroots". It is named after a popular song about waiting at a railway platform.

Platform has garnered wide acclaim from critics in the years since its release, and is often named one of the greatest films of the 2000s.[1]


The film starts in 1979 in the wake of the Cultural Revolution. A theatre troupe of young adults in Fenyang performs state-approved material. The troupe includes Cui Minliang and his friends, Yin Ruijuan, Zhang Jun, and Zhong Ping. Zhang and Zhong are together. Cui asks Yin if she is his girlfriend, but she replies that she is not. The troupe leaves their hometown and travels throughout the country for several years during the 1980s. Yin stays behind in Fenyang and becomes a tax collector. The authorities find out about the illegal sexual relationship between Zhang and Zhong, and Zhong then leaves the group, never to return. As China undergoes massive social changes, the troupe alters their performances and starts to play rock music. They eventually return to Fenyang. Cui, jaded by his years on the road, reunites with Yin.


  • Wang Hongwei – Cui Minliang
  • Zhao Tao – Yin Ruijuan
  • Liang Jingdong – Zhang Jun
  • Yang Tianyi – Zhong Ping
  • Wang Bo – Yao Eryong
  • Han Sanming – Sanming

Critical reception[edit]

Platform 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.[2][3] Another film by Jia Zhangke, Still Life, was voted the third best film.[3] Platform placed 32 on Slant Magazine's list of the 100 best films of the 2000s[4] and was named as one of Sight & Sound's films of the 2000s.[5] Platform was ranked the 11th best film of the decade in an international poll conducted by Film Comment.[6] In 2016, film critics from the Austrian Film Museum, Der Standard and Le Monde included Platform in their top 10 films of the 21st century.[7]

The film has a 79% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 19 reviews, with an average score of 6.72 out of 10.[8] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 76 based on 7 critic reviews.[9]



  1. ^ "21st Century (Full List)". Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  2. ^ TIFF Cinematheque's Best of the Decade Archived August 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Thai film tops TIFF list of decade's best" Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. November 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Films of the Aughts" Slant Magazine. February 7, 2010.
  5. ^ Sight & Sound’s films of the decade
  6. ^ "Film Comment's End-of-the-Decade Critics' Poll" Film Comment.
  7. ^ "The 21st Century's 100 greatest films: Who voted?" BBC. August 23, 2016.
  8. ^ "Zhantai (Platform) (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Zhantai Reviews" Metacritic.

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