AFI Fest 1997
Hundred Flowers Awards 1998
Hundred Flowers Award
Venice Film Festival 1997
Keep Cool (simplified Chinese: 有话好好说; traditional
Chinese: 有話好好說; pinyin: Yǒu Hùa Hǎo Hǎo Shūo;
literally: "If you have something to say, say it
nicely") is a 1997 Chinese black comedy directed by
Zhang Yimou and adapted from the novel Evening
Papers News by Shu Ping. The film about a bookseller
in love in 1990s Beijing, marked a move away from
earlier period pictures of Zhang''s earlier work to a
more realistic Cinéma vérité-like period in his
career that also saw him make Happy Times (2000) and
Not One Less (1999). Keep Cool also marked only the
second time Zhang placed his film in the modern era
and the first time Zhang did not work with actress
The film was produced by the Guangxi Film Studio.
Jiang Wen; Jiang Wen, one of China''s most famous
actors and directors, takes a leading role in Keep
Cool (his second time working with Zhang Yimou).
Zhang referred to the actor as "the best actor in
China today, and intelligent. I saw the movie he
made [In the Heat of the Sun] and took a video back
to my hometown for my parents. We all laughed."
Li Baotian as Lao Zhang; Li Baotian, one of
Zhang''s regular actors (Ju Dou, Shanghai Triad),
again provides a pivotal performance for Keep Cool.
Ge You as The Policeman; Ge You, a comedic
actor, has a cameo in the film.
Qu Ying as An Hong; Zhang Yimou selected the
model Qu Ying for the only female role in the film.
Zhao Benshan as Junk Peddlar No. 3
spurned lover seeks a rich man for revenge. A random
onlooker -- who witnessed the public assault
committed by the rich man against the lover -- seeks
for monetary compensation for his smashed computer.
The lover''s and the onlooker''s lives intertwine as
two people collaborate. The onlooker''s fate faces an
unpredictable turn and mirrors the lover''s life.