Forever Young

Original Title: 无问西东
Directed by: Li Fangfang
Written by: Li Fangfang
Cinematography: Cao Yu
Music by: Liu Tao
Country: China
Genres: Drama, Romance
Duration: 138 min
Release Date: 12 January 2018
Filming Dates: November 2011 – May 2012
Filming Locations: China (Beijing, Yunnan)

From World War, to revolution and ultimately rebirth, Forever Young is the story of four generations spanning a hundred years of modern Chinese history. Each generation faces its own unique set of challenges. Up against corporate corruption, the trials and tribulations of the cultural revolution, and one’s duty to nation in time of war, they are faced with choosing their individual paths through history. But as the challenges and turmoil of each generation may differ as time changes, what was learned in the past cannot help but effect the choices that are made in the future as it is passed down from generation to generation. And that is the universal message that being true to yourself is precious. It is the source of strength that empowers one to become the person they want to be, to march forward as far as their hearts desire, into the future. -IMDb


Huang Xiaoming
Chen Peng

Zhang Ziyi
Wang Minjia

Chang Chen
Chen Guoguo

Wang Leehom
Shen Guangyao

Chen Chusheng
Wu Jinglan

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• By the end of 2012, the film had finished shooting but no updates were made until late 2017. It was finally released 6 years after the initial announcement.
• Actress Zhang Ziyi and actor Huang Xiaoming both mentioned in previous interviews that they cried after reading the script.
• Director Li commented in June 2014 that she is extremely meticulous about post-production and the film will be ready for release by the end of that year. However, it was not.
• The director praised the cast of her movie, “every one of them wanted to act as best as they can for their roles. We worked sincerely together and hope to tell a good story.”
• Sun Zhonghuai, CEO of Penguin Pictures and Vice President at Tencent Holdings Ltd., one of the film’s producers, said the nearly 6-year wait has made this production “a legend” in Chinese film industry.
• The film was shot in film stock and may be the last film in China produced this way as most film processing studios have closed as Chinese filmmakers turn to digital filmmaking. –

Awards and Nominations

Tencent Starlight Awards
Best Actress (2018)

10th Macau Movie Festival
Best Actress (2018)

Nominations: 15th Guangzhou Student Film Festival, 2018 Weibo Movie Awards, 25th Huading Film Awards

Ceremony Category Recipient Result
2016 Douban Film Awards Most Anticipated Film Nominated
2017 Douban Film Awards Most Anticipated Film Nominated
2018 China Film Media Awards Best Supporting Actress Zheng Zheng Nominated
2018 Tencent Starlight Awards Most Powerful Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
2018 Guangzhou Student Film Festival Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Screenplay Li Fangfang Nominated
2018 Macau Movie Festival Jury Grand Prix Li Fangfang Won
Best Actor Wang Leehom Won
Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
2019 Huading Film Awards Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Michelle Yim Nominated