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Movie Info

Two children escape reality through cinema as China's cultural revolution rages.

Cast & Crew

Yu Xia
Mao Dabing
Yijing Zhang
Ling Ling as a Teenager
Haibin Li
Pan Daren
Yihong Jiang
Jiang Xuehua
Qingsong Cheng
Writer
John Sham
Executive Producer
Zhao Lin
Original Music
Hong Chen
Cinematographer
Lien Yang
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Critic Reviews for Electric Shadows

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

  • Strip away the silly ideology of the old films, and Electric Shadows could be any movie buff's tale. It's the memory movie of our own mind, in English, Mandarin or whatever language the local Bijou screened them in.

    June 23, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Debuting writer-director Xiao Jiang shows she has the makings of a quality mainstream filmmaker.

    December 16, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Dreamy lighting, soft colors and lilting music mix with an agreeable cast.

    December 16, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • This fanciful Chinese tearjerker wants to be an Asian Cinema Paradiso but doesnt quite live up to its prototype.

    December 15, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • For every privileged moment (mother and daughter dancing in a yard of screen-like sheets hanging in the breeze), there's a death or sociopathic act that says movies can ruin your life.

    December 13, 2005
  • Director Xiao Jiang has a easy way with the proceedings in the beginning of the movie, but the film loses its way in the latter half when Ling Ling's mother marries Pan (Li Haibin), the guy who runs the local cinema.

    August 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Electric Shadows

  • Jan 07, 2010
    touching slow paced drama that takes time to unfold. Beautifully photographed, and a special film with an interesting story. My only complaint is that the entire film leads up to the end moment, when the 2 leads are reunited. However, that climax is so soft, almost to a whisper. I believe more could have been developed out of that moment, so in that sense a lost opportunity. An excellent work for a first time director.
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  • Jan 15, 2009
    Sort of a Chinese <i>Cinema Paradiso</i>. Sentimental and compelling.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2008
    The main character's name isn't Mao Dabing. It's still Mao Xiaobing. "Xiao" means "little" and "da" means "big," so he's joking that he has grown up. Very sweet movie but the more I watch it, the more leery I am of the melodramatic coincidences the story depends on.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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