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High Tech, Low Life

High Tech, Low Life (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE follows the journey of two of China's first citizen reporters as they travel the country - chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China's evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution. 

The film follows 57-year-old "Tiger Temple," who earns the title of China's first citizen

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (3)

Maing's own camera captures the busy, rich and revealing life around them, with interested openness and visual intelligence.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"High Tech, Low Life" (not a good title) has a nice easy rhythm. It feels neither hurried nor emphatic.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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An engaging study of the disparate characters who are drawn to speak out when the authorities crack the whip.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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High Tech, Low Life ostensibly examines censorship of the Internet and news media in China. But the pic is driven less by its subject matter than by its two very different and utterly fascinating bloggers.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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We leave the film with no idea how many people are doing this in China, where these two stand within the online community, and whether state media outlets have changed at all in response to them.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Whatever their orientation, both men are intrepid in pursuing the truth, the consequences of which are made clear in a series of terrifying late-film crackdowns.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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As far as its subject matter goes, the doc only scratches the surfaces, only reaffirming the simple idea that Internet censorship in China is prevalent and unfair.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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