Notebook from China

Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1987

79 min.DK/Documentary

Danish film director Jørgen Leth is well known for his drama-documentaries such as »Stars and Water Carriers«, »A Sunday in Hell«, »Peter Martins - A Dancer«, »66 Scenes from America« and many others. Now he has made a feature-length documentary called »Notebook from China«. The film is based on more than twenty hours of film made during 6,000 kilometres train journey through China. »I was happily surprised by how open and trustful the Chinese were. There were no restrictions, no bureaucratic trouble at all«, Jørgen leth says. »I haven't made the film with a definite viewpoint, a definite intention. Rather I have chosen to focus on people and groups I met.« The film deals with seven stories about an old painter, a train engineer, a family living on a sampan, a group of female bike riders and three opera singers who are part of the first Chinese performance of »The Wedding of Figaro«.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Notater fra Kina
Danish title Notater fra Kina
Other titles Kina med tog
Keywords Trains, China, Asia, Travels
Director Jørgen Leth
Screenplay Jørgen Leth
Director of Photography Dan Holmberg
Editor Janus Billeskov Jansen, Vinca Wiedemann, Rumle Hammerich
Sound Niels Arnt Torp
Production country Denmark, United States
Production company Leth & Uldal Productions, World Pacific Productions [US]
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
International sales
Technical info 35 mm
Danish theatrical release 12.02.1987
Cinemas Vester Vov Vov, Øst for Paradis (Århus)
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Leth & Uldal Productions, World Pacific Productions [US]
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Jørgen Leth


Script Jørgen Leth


Cinematography Dan Holmberg


Editing Janus Billeskov Jansen
Editing Vinca Wiedemann
Editing Rumle Hammerich


Sound Niels Arnt Torp


Voiceover Jørgen Leth

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