A brilliant young violinist from the country seeks his fortune in Beijing. I’m a sucker for coming-of-age movies, and musical genius movies. This is both. The characters are quirky and good-hearted, and the soundtrack is gripping.
I think I like these movies because I know that I too was a musical genius growing up. I never actually succeeded very well in getting the music from my imagination into an instrument, but it was marvelous music in there. I suppose it’s too late now to go to Beijing to pursue musical greatness. Maybe being a hobo who occasional coaxes a few surprising notes from a guitar or piano is not such a bad fate.