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The movie Shower is a film that is made in China for the Chinese audience. The movie is both a drama and a comedy. The movie follows an older father named Old Liu. He has a son who has a mental disability named Liu Erming. They live and operate a traditional bathhouse for men in an older part of Beijing. The bathhouse provides grooming services and even pedicures. Many of the customers are older and visit the bathhouse on a regular basis.

The same group of men visit the bathhouse every day. They have gotten close to each other as well as Old Liu. Father and son at times both have trouble cleaning up the bathhouse. Both of them also act like children at times. Liu Daming who is the Old Liu’s eldest son comes back home. He has become a successful businessman. He retuned because he got a postcard from Erming with a picture of his father in bed. He though the old man died. Father and son have a strained relationship and Daming plans on leaving in a couple of days.

Erming wonders off by himself during a trip downtown. His older brother gets in trouble with Old Liu for not watching him. Old Liu said he already feels like he lost his eldest son and does not want to lose another. Erming finds his way home and Daming decides to stay with them one more night.

While working on the bathhouse Old Liu become sicks. Daming said he will work in the bathhouse for a couple of days while Liu is getting better. He enjoys the time with his family. While he is still there Old Liu dies peacefully on a bathtub. Daming send Erming to a mental hospital but after a couple of weeks gets him. The brother reopen the bathhouse. The brothers end up having to say goodbye to the bathhouse due to demolition of the area but have found each other.

| 1999 | 1 hr 32 min | 7.5/10 | 74/100
Jiayi Du, Bing He, Wu Jiang, Ding Li
Zhang Yang
Produced By
Peter Loehr

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