Young & Restless in China (2008)



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The Chinese economy grew at a fantastic rate in the first years of the 21st century, offering new possibilities but also presenting new challenges to its people, and filmmaker Sue Williams offers a portrait of a nation in flux as she chronicles the lives of a handful of people in their twenties and thirties in this documentary. Lu Dong and Ben Wu are two people who left China seeking greater opportunities and later came home to take advantage of the nation's booming economy, and though both have … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Jul 29, 2008
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[Director Sue] Williams should have used subtitles, rather than Western voices, to translate the words of her talking heads. Still, her film is a timely look at the massive changes overtaking China.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
New York Post
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Almost everything experienced by the nine, who appear to be in their 20s and 30s, is garden-variety living and learning.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
New York Times
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Young & Restless In China is the first of a planned five-part series that will follow nine diverse Chinese citizens over the course of 20 years.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
AV Club
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At its best, Young & Restless in China plays like a prosaic complement to the films of Jia Zhangke.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
Time Out
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Williams's multi-thread portrait is fascinating only as a scattershot, time-capsule sampling of those whose lives were defined by the Tiananmen Square protests.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Village Voice
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Somewhat schematic in its dual professional/personal focus, pic successfully demonstrates the stages of social development through the private dramas of its individual subjects.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
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