Shanghai Dreams (Qinghong) (2005)





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In the late 60s, when China feared attack by the USSR, armament factories and other "front line" industries were relocated from cities on the eastern seaboard to remote inland areas, and idealistic young adults were persuaded to resettle in dirt-towns like Guiyang to staff them. Less than 15 years later, many were desperate to move back to the urban sophistication of such cities as Shanghai, disillusioned by life in the sticks and eager to taste the new freedoms of the '80s. The Wu family is a case in point. Zemin has never forgiven his wife for moving them to Guiyang, and he's determined that their two children should put down no local roots. This means, among other things, sabotaging his 19-year-old daughter Qinghong's burgeoning romance with local factory worker Honggen. But, Qinghong was born in Guiyang and knows no other home. Talk of Shanghai makes her nervous and her father's intransigence brings out a sullen, rebellious streak.
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Gao Yuanyuan
as Qing Hong
Li Bin
as Honggen
Yan Anlian
as Wu Zemin Qinghong's Father
Xueyang Wang
as Xiao Zhen
Qin Hao
as Lu Jun
Yang Tang
as Zhou Meifen Qinghong's Mother
Wang Ziaofan
as Wu Qingmu
Wang Xiaofan
as Qinghong's Brother
Dai Wenyan
as Xiao Zhen's Mother
Yuan Lin
as Xiao Zhen's Father
Sun Qingchang
as Wang Enhua
You Fangming
as Lu Jun's Father
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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Dreams (Qinghong)

All Critics (4)

Revolution is shown as a force both for liberation, and for tragic catastrophe

Full Review… | July 1, 2007

Viewed in the context of the progression of Wang's work ... Shanghai Dreams represents a progression of sorts in his attempt to portray migrants in China in a more sympathetic light ...

Full Review… | August 24, 2006

Skilfully filmed but fairly dull, this drama paints a remarkable portrait of life in China's factory towns in the 1980s.

Full Review… | June 5, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

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Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Shanghai Dreams (Qinghong)


A terrific depiction of the long-forgotten youth,it will crawl inside you and you don't have to be a Chinese to apply to what these dreams truly mean and focus on.The inches of respect and fervent ambition are but scaffolds for the proletarian class,most of the time their only way out from this bulk of stability.Yuanyuan is excellent in her role as the meek daughter and Xiaoshuai presents another great movie..

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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