Shun Li and the Poet

Directed by Andrea Segre
Film Movement
100 Minutes
Italian, Mandarin
Romance, Asian, Drama
Not Rated
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Shun Li works in a textile factory near Rome, slowly paying off the broker that brought her from China to Italy, while saving money so she can bring her young son to join her. She is suddenly transferred to work as a bartender at a pub in a small town along the Venetian Lagoon. The pub is the hangout of the local fishermen, including Bepi, a handsome old Slav immigrant nicknamed "The Poet." A tender, delicate friendship grows between Shun Li and Bepi. But gossip soon threatens their innocent relationship, a bond that had once transcended two very different, yet not at all distant cultures.


  • Rade Serbedzija
  • Tao Zhao
  • Marco Paolini
  • Roberto Citran
  • Giuseppe Battiston
DVD Features

Bonus short: Shanghai Love Market, directed by Craig Rosenthal

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "A poignant story...striking cinematography! A film that doesn't shy away."
    The New York Times
  • Highest Rating
    "This just might be a masterpiece!"
  • Highest Rating
    "Rapturous! Exquisite!"
    Allisa Simon, Variety

Awards & Recognition

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