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Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (1999)



Average Rating: 9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Actress Joan Chen makes her directorial debut with this bleak tale, adapted from the award-winning novella "Tian Yu" by Shanghai writer Yan Geling, about the loss of innocence during Mao Zedong's brutal Cultural Revolution. Precocious Wen Xiu (16-year-old Lu Lu), playfully called Xiu Xiu by her friends, finds herself one of millions of Chinese teenagers sent to the hinterlands to receive specialized training during the early 1970s. She is taken from her loving family in Chengdu to the Tibetan


Art House & International, Drama

Oct 26, 1999

Stratosphere Entertainment

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1) | DVD (2)

An astonishing directorial debut.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A rigorous drama about the plight of a fifteen-year old girl during the Cultural Revolution in China.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The flaw in the film comes with its bleak ending, that seemed to be contrived and used as a means of getting more sympathy out of the audience than it needed to.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Easily makes a beautiful landscape film, but it also poses a challenge to viewers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Chen shows an impressive grasp of nuance--in addition to just about every facet of filmmaking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Chen coats the traumatic moments with the same slick veneer she uses on the lighter ones, thus muting any effect they have on the audiences

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

A politically charged and highly metaphorical/symbolic piece of work. Placed slightly above the subtext is a simple yet charming story of a girl living in isolation with an older man. If she is ever to see the city again Xiu Xiu is convinced she must perform sexual favours on the wealthy elite. It's a very tragic story and one where even the protagonist begins to lose sight of her goals. Lopsang gives a wonderful and genuine performance. Towards the end the film starts to become repetitive and too preachy. Some wonderful photography makes this a must see just to absorb the epic environments.
March 8, 2009

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