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Ye Lou



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Ye Lou

Main cast: Lei Hao, Lin Cui, Yihong Duan

Long synopsis : China, 1989 Two young lovers play out their complex, erotic, love/hate relationship against a volatile backdrop of political unrest. Beautiful Yu Hong leaves her village, her family and her boyfriend to study in Beijing, where she discovers a world of intense sexual and emotional experimentation, and falls madly in love with fellow student Zhou Wei. Their relationship becomes one of dangerous games, as all around them; their fellow students begin to demonstrate, demanding democracy and freedom. Lou Ye (SUZHOU RIVER; PURPLE BUTTERFLY) reveals a portrait of a place and a generation – China and liberated Chinese youth – as never seen before in the West. By turns lyrical and brutal, elegiac and erotic, SUMMER PALACE depicts a passionate love story and the struggle for personal liberty jeopardized by history and fate.


  • Lei Hao, Xueyun Bai, Lin Cui, Yihong Duan, Xiaodong Guo, Ling Hu


  • Producer(s): Sylvain Bursztejn, Li Fang, Ye Lou, An Nai
  • Director(s): Ye Lou
  • Screenplay: Ye Lou, Yingli Ma, Feng Mei
  • DP: Qing Hua
  • Editing: Ye Lou, Jian Zeng
  • Original Music: Peyman Yazdanian
  • Set Design: Weixin Liu
  • Original Title: PALAIS D’ETE
  • Genre(s): Drama, Political, Romance

  • Production company: DREAM FACTORY
  • Production date: 2006
  • Language: Chinese
  • Duration: 140 min