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In 1950s China, just after Chen Shujuan (Lu Liping) and and her librarian husband, Lin Shaolong (Quanxin Pu), have their first child, Shaolong is unjustly forced into a labor camp as a result of Mao's purges. Shaolong dies during his imprisonment, and Shujuan marries Li Guodong (Li Xuejian). But the family faces dire poverty under the Communist regime, and the malnourished Guodong dies. Shujuan and her now adolescent son, Tietou (Chen Xiaoman), must then stick together to survive.

Cast & Crew

Lu Liping
Chen Shujuan
Pu Quanxin
Lin Shaolong
Li Xuejian
Li Guodong
Guo Baochang
3rd husband
Zhong Ping
Chen Shusheng
Chu Quanzhong
Chen Shuyan
Chen Xiaoman
Tietou as a teenager
Xiao Mao
Screenwriter
Yongping Cheng
Producer
Guiping Luo
Producer
Yoshihide Ohtomo
Original Music
Yong Hou
Cinematographer
Lengleng Qian
Film Editor
Liansheng Wang
Production Design
Xiande Zhang
Art Director
Geng Li
Set Decoration
Baosheng Zhu
Set Decoration
Juying Dong
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for The Blue Kite

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Audience Reviews for The Blue Kite

  • Nov 12, 2011
    I'm convinced God was the one that allowed this film to remain in existence and hit territories overseas. It hits a harsh reality without the necessity of being scandalous, thus the exaggerate reaction by the remnants of the regime in the 90s. Powerful drama almost climbing up to an epic scale, <i>Lan Feng Zheng</i> is a gorgeous symbol of hope and the power of family. "I'll make you another blue kite." 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2010
    Chinese movie The Blue Kite was the story of Tietou, a boy born in Beijing in 1953. He narrated the movie following him and his family through the turbulent times in China in the beginning of The Cultural Revolution.The movie focused on the family and how they were affected by the political changes that time.I must say my knowledge of Chinese history lacked and so I was confused by what was happening to the family members. The backbone of the movie was the relationship between Tietou and his mother, and their courage in facing hard times. What seemed like safe behavior at one time was consider a cause for arrest at others. This may have been one of the main points, but I did not understand the reasons.The acting was at it finest and real, the ending will rip your heart out.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2009
    Although THE BLUE KITE is filled with political complications and depressive situations, this film is really worth seeing. First, because it wasn't banned from China for a simple reason. Second, the actors are captivating, especially the young boy. Do not skip this film just because of the title! There is so much more meaning to the kite.
    Linda K Super Reviewer

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