[img_assist|nid=311|title=A GOOD RAIN KNOWS|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=240|height=160]One of the things that fascinates me about A GOOD RAIN KNOWS is that the title is a reference to a famous poem by classical Chinese poet 杜甫 (Dù Fǔ – a.k.a Tu Fu). He was considered a poet historian, since many of his poems commented on the government or military. The poem’s translated title is “Rain on a Spring Night”, and this refers to how nature knows to send the rain in spring to bring all the plants back to life. See the full article to read this poem in its entirety.
Dù Fǔ lived from 712 to 770, and travelled through China during his life, mostly due to events of the period, including the An Lushan Rebellion of 755. He lived in Chengdu, Sichuan Province for several years around 760, and it was one of the happiest times of his life. This ties in with the film, since it is also set in Chengdu, and the story is about the reconnection of Dong-ha (Jung Woo-sung) and May (Gao Yuanyuan). Seeing each other after a long period of separation, forgotten feelings rise to the surface once again. The recovery of Chengdu from 2008′s massive earthquake also has a place in the film, but you’ll have to watch it to find out what that is.