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The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng)

The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng) (1993)

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Tian Zhuangzhuang, a charter member of China's politically beleaguered, so-called Fifth Generation of Directors (along with Ju Dou's Zhang Yimou), made this film about the gradual disintegration of an entire family targeted by Mao's political reformation movements of the '50s and '60s. Told in a series of three stories, the audience sees the little boy Tietou and his mother try and try again to rebuild their lives from the ashes left them by the madness of the era. Director Tian works from a

Jan 14, 2003

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The power of his film comes from its resolutely human focus.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It is surprising that this film got out of the repressive clutches of China. Lu Liping gave a tremendous portrayal of motherhood.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Chinese movie The Blue Kite was the story of Tietou, a boy born in Beijing in 1953. He narrated the movie following him and his family through the turbulent times in China in the beginning of The Cultural Revolution.The movie focused on the family and how they were affected by the political changes that time.I must say my knowledge of Chinese history lacked and so I was confused by what was happening to the family members. The backbone of the movie was the relationship between Tietou and his mother, and their courage in facing hard times. What seemed like safe behavior at one time was consider a cause for arrest at others. This may have been one of the main points, but I did not understand the reasons.The acting was at it finest and real, the ending will rip your heart out.
December 5, 2010
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Daisy Maduro

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Although THE BLUE KITE is filled with political complications and depressive situations, this film is really worth seeing. First, because it wasn't banned from China for a simple reason. Second, the actors are captivating, especially the young boy.

Do not skip this film just because of the title! There is so much more meaning to the kite.
March 24, 2009
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Linda K. T.

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