Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

(Dou Niu)

Year: 2009
Country: CHINA
Language: Shandong dialect, Mandarin and Japanese
Run Time: 105 minutes


COW is set in 1940 during the turmoil of the Sino-Japanese war (in China, it's the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression). In this tragicomic film, a man and his cow manage to stay together in the face of the Imperial Japanese Army, the Eighth Route Communist forces, various thugs, and sundry starving refugees. Niu Er, a comical, simple-minded peasant, reluctantly accepts the assignment of looking after his village's most precious possession, an enormous Dutch dairy cow. When the village is decimated by Japanese fire bombs, Niu Er ("little cow" in Chinese) awakens to find everyone he knows has been burnt beyond recognition. Scampering through the ruins, he desperately seeks some sign of life. There, chewing placidly amidst the rubble, is the cow - his old friend, and now his sole companion. The heartbroken Niu Er names her after his late wife. Taking his role as her protector to heart, Niu Er fends off enemy soldiers and would-be butchers, even managing to feed an entire village with the help of his dear friend. COW is quirky yet affecting, an allegory for the persistence of the common man – and cow – in the face of adversity. (In Shandong dialect, Mandarin, and Japanese with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Guan Hu

Guan Hu

Guan Hu graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1991, worked for the state-owned Beijing Film Studio, and served as an assistant director for various film and TV projects.

"Romantic Crossing" (1996), "Goodbye, Our 1948" (1999), "Eyes of a Beauty" (2002), COW (2009)

Zou Yiru

Song Xiaofei

Kong Jinlei

Principal Cast
Cast: Huang Bo, Yan Ni

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