- Actors: Silvia Abascal, Eduardo Noriega, Salvador Madrid, Carlos Wu, Yunja Carolina Choi
- Directors: Miguel Santesmases
- Writers: Miguel Santesmases, Antón Casariego, Martín Casariego
- Producers: Louisa Dent, Mate Cantero, Patrick Binet, Stéphane Sorlat
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
- Language: French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: New Yorker Video
- Release Date: March 11 2003
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- ASIN: B00005QBYK
The Yellow Fountain (Bilingual) [Import]
From the Back Cover
In Chinese mythology, the Yellow Fountain is the spring where the souls of the dead come to quench their thirst. Lola's Eurasian parents have already drunk at the fountain with Lola (Silvia Abascal) witnessing their tragic end.
Setting off on the trail of her parent's murderers, Lola begins her search with the only clue she has: a name scribbled on the back of a card for a Chinese restaurant.
In her search, she chances upon Sergio (Eduardo Noriega, Thesis, Open Your Eyes), whose hobby is collecting information on the Chinese community in Madrid. They soon partner and together run ever greater risks as their dangerous quest leads them deeper and deeper into the mysterious world of the Chinese Triad gangs.
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Lovely Silvia Abascal and Eduardo Noriega star in this subtle and complex action film with more depth than violence. Lola (Abascal) has lost her boyfriend to suicide and sets out on a quest to find the man responsible for her mother's murder. She is single-minded and fearless in her quiet quest. She meets Segio (Noriega) who has facts and files on missing Chinese and passports that lead her in the right direction. Unfortunately, that direction points to the head of a Chinese Triad, and the man who once kept her mother, Li San, until she chose to fly away.
It is the relationship of Lola and Sergio which is at the heart of this film, however. Sergio is shy, and afraid to reach out of his world and be hurt. He believes that like the bird he keeps in a cage, he is happy in his isolation. Turning away from the advances of the sad but pretty Lola at first, the two form a deeper bond.
Sergio will spend almost the entire film trying to talk Lola out of her quest and her gun. When affection finally forces Sergio from his cage, however, and he chooses to reach out like the bird flying from his cage, love blooms and sets in motion tragedy. Lola will be taken by the same man who was her mother's keeper and it will be the timid Segio who is forced to take Lola's gun in an effort to save her and have the life he has finally reached out for.
The violence is kept to a minimum yet somehow more real and moving because of its sudden intrusion on the lives of Lola and Sergio. Lola will have an opportunity to choose her own course. Her decision, however, made in the blink of an eye, will cost her more than she had imagined.
This is simply a terrific film from Spain which has a more subtle and deeply felt ending than most action films. Lola's success will lead to tragedy and the viewer will know in their hearts what choice she makes afterward as she is beckoned by her real love to drink from the yellow fountain.
Silvia Abascal and Eduardo Noriega are marvelous here and you will be moved by the film's ending. Those fond of foreign films will find a diamond among the rocks with this one.
A woman who is half Chinese and half Spanish seeks her parents' killer and joins forces with an introverted young Spaniard whose history includes time spent wrongly incarcerated for raping another young woman.
The Yellow Fountain is symbolic of where you go at death and meet those who preceded you.
The plot is silly and thin. Suspend belief if you watch this. You are asked to believe the two of them (and some cousin) can confront all these high powered killers with one silly revolver.
Not worth the effort to watch it.
As Lola travels through Madrid's Chinatown trying to locate the elusive Wang Tian she meets Sergio, a quirky young man with an obsession for documenting Madrid's Chinese residents whose names appear in newspaper articles and classified ads. He has been at this weird hobby for years and has amassed quite a database of names.
Noriega, the leading heartthrob of Spanish cinema, is brilliant as he plays against type as the stammering, introverted nerd who has made it his life's work to avoid getting close to people, especially women. Abascal is charming as the outgoing girl with street smarts who finds herself falling for him, and discovering undreamed of reserves of courage as she travels through Madrid's underworld of Chinese gangs and organized crime.
The dialog is in Spanish and Chinese. The DVD is bare bones with permanent English subtitles that cannot be turned off. There are no trailers or special features.