People's Republic of Desire (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

People's Republic of Desire (2018)



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In a real-life Black Mirror story, two live streamers seek fame, fortune and human connection in China's digital idol-making universe, ultimately finding the same promises and perils online as in their real lives.


Critic Reviews for People's Republic of Desire

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

A microcosm of the bizarre fantasy economy and complex, parasitic interdependencies of late capitalism as a whole.

July 24, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

In a digital fantasy world where culture has been abandoned in favor of commerce, talent is the cheapest commodity.

May 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Documentarian Hao Wu examines a unique form of digital interaction in contemporary China.

March 27, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Wu's fascinating, deeply alarming film ushers us into a bold new world where our pleasure is simulated, but our pain is real.

March 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A revealing examination of contemporary Chinese Internet culture.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Wu's mostly glass-eyed filmic observations also allow Desire to remain safely in shallow waters, never truly interrogating its subjects in a way that could lead to revelation.

October 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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