Yang Ban Xi: The 8 ModelWorks (Yang Ban Xi, de 8 modelwerken) (2005)

Yang Ban Xi: The 8 ModelWorks (Yang Ban Xi, de 8 modelwerken)

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A documentary musical about the rise and fall of Madam Mao's colorful propaganda opera's during the 1965-1975 Cultural Revolution in China and their renewed popularity in modern day China.These 8 Revolutionary model operas were called the Yang Ban Xi. Based on traditional Chinese stories and adapted to the likes of Mao's wife Jiang Qing Min, the first lady of the Cultural Revolution, these operas presented the world in a much simpler way. All the good guys were farmers and revolutionary … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Apr 10, 2007
Runtime:
Shadow Distribution

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This enthralling documentary, a Dutch production by Hong Kong-born female director Yan Ting Yuen, not only reclaims the Chinese propaganda opera but niftily positions it in the rush of Chinese cultural history.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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A proper labor of love profiling many of the principles involved in the making of the films, peppered with a generous helping of wonderful clips.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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Too often ... the film remains a hostage to its ambitious construction rather than simply using the opportunity to draw back the veil on a little-documented era.

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
Variety
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It's a worthy subject, but its credibility is damaged by some banal fabrications.

April 12, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The director Yan-Ting Yuen revisits China's recent past to explore the history and legacy of one of the strangest byproducts of totalitarian madness: the revolutionary spectacular.

March 29, 2006
New York Times
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Entertaining and informative, but it suffers from distracting voice-overs of what are supposed to be Madame Mao's thoughts. Too bad.

March 29, 2006
New York Post
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