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People's Republic of Desire fascinates and repels in equal measure with a sadly illuminating look at the intersection between technology and our relationship with celebrity.
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In this thematic emphasis, Wu points to the hollowness of a lot of Internet culture-his subjects are bound by a desire to lose themselves in a fleeting sense of fame.
Equally fascinating, sad and scary...
People's Republic of Desire is equal shares fascinating and depressing, often at the same time.
The ability of "People's Republic of Desire" to show these familiar desires playing out in futuristic surroundings is invariably surprising and never less than compelling.
A chillingly sad document of where the human spirit is at, and where it may be going.
You don't wait for what comes next in "People's Republic of Desire" as much as you watch and wonder why any of it is happening.
...tellingly spry and insightful. Slickly produced, energetic and intrinsically revealing...an intriguing documentary about online entertainment in China.
For the winners, like karaoke singer Shen Man, this can result in an income of $40,000 per month, some of it coming from displaced urban workers longing for connection in a world that's changing too fast.
It's surreal. While the director seems to be unable to land on a subject, the spectacular strangeness of the way people interact on YY is enough to earn viewers' attention.
It's all a little dizzying, and truly dispiriting. Wu unpacks a heady system and makes sense of it for newbies.
Markedly depressing... The competition is ultimately the same bread and circuses humans have engaged in since boredom was invented.
... examines the socioeconomic consequences of such pursuits, which make it a cautionary tale both intriguing and unsettling.
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