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In the Heat of the Sun (2003)

In the Heat of the Sun





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This Chinese film which chronicles the rites-of-passage of a group of adolescent men is based on Wang Shuo's 1991 novella and includes additional autobiographical anecdotes from writer/director Jiang Wen. The film is set in summertime Peking during the early '70s. The boys live in a military school compound. When not skipping their classes, they are getting into fights with rival groups and girl watching. Much of the story focuses upon group leader Liu Yiku and Monkey Ma (who is based on Jiang Wen). Liu Yiku is having a sexual relationship with the free-wheeling Yu Beipei who is interested in Monkey Ma. Monkey Ma is too interested in the older gal, Mi Lan to notice.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Jiang Wen
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Yu Xia
as Ma Xiaojun (Monkey)
Le Geng
as Liu Yiku
Tao Hong
as Yu Beipei
Jing Ning
as Mi Lan
Höng Tao
as Yu Beipei
Shuo Wang
as Small-time conman
Shang Nan
as Liu Sitian
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Audience Reviews for In the Heat of the Sun

A self conscious, postmodern film on growing up during the Cultural Revolution. The story is told from the perspective of a young man too young to be sent to the distant provinces to work and as result live without the supervision of adults. It's fascinating to see the way kids live in such a unique social environment. The closest comparison I can make is The 400 Blows with the thematic sensibilities of Blade Runner. The lead performances are excellent. When I first saw this years ago I made the mistake of turning it off when the credits started to roll and missed that WTF moment at the end. For fans of Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine or Zhang Yimou's To Live, this is a unique perspective of this time period. Jiang is a like a missing link between the 5th and 6th Generation.

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