Shanghai Dreams (Qinghong)

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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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  • Nov 09, 2008
    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..
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  • Jun 18, 2008
    a solid film with some good acting and a good story. it was missing something though and i can't quite put my finger on it. i think it lacked characters perhaps. maybe i'm just being picky. an interesting portrait of life in 80's china in the countryside
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