Zhantai (Platform) (2000)
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Critic Reviews for Zhantai (Platform)
The play of the proscenium against the filmmaker's taste for unmediated reality is fascinating.
An intellectually engaging movie.
Creates a vivid sense of what it's like to be on the remote fringes of a great state experiment.
Audience Reviews for Zhantai (Platform)
Great bit of story telling from Zhang Ke Jia. It is a depiction of China in a moment of transition moving from Mao to the free market beliefs of his successors. Through the eyes of a theatre troupe, it is compelling film making.
A great piece about loss of adolescence. Setting in 1979-1990 China, this piece is personal to the director (it is dedicated to his father), and thus, very powerful. What I watch is 2.5 hour version, and I still feel it's too short: Its original cut is, I heard, 3.5 hour-long, and I really wanna see it.
Ok, I get it..but i had to endure 3 hours of my life watching this!!! Slower than thick syrup, this film drags and is acted with minimal flair--- there is very little character development, and most of the film is either someone smoking or long shots of the surroundings...the story supposedly covers about 11 years, but the pacing makes it seem like a couple generations. In my opinion this film is not worth all the praise it has received--- it does not entertain, and the message it conveys could have been delivered in a film half the time with greater effect. See 'luxury car' or 'lost in beijing' and you will pretty much get the same benefit, and enjoy watching the movie in the process:)
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