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The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng)1993

The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng) (1993)




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This film documents the turbulent and often life-threatening years of China's Cultural Revolution through the eyes of one family, positing the necessity of perseverance in the face of intense adversity.


Liping Lu
as Chen Shujuan
Lu Liping
as Chen Shujuan
Quanxin Pu
as Lin Shaolong
Li Xuejian
as Li Guodong
Chen Xiaomen
as Tietou as a teenager
Ping Zhong
as Chen Shusheng
Quanzhong Chu
as Chen Shuyan
Zhang Hong
as Zhu Ying
Yi Tian
as Tietou as an Infant
Wenyao Zhang
as Tietou as a child
Tian Yi
as Tietou as an infant
Xiaoman Chen
as Tietou as a Teenager
Liu Yanjin
as Shujuan's Mother
Li Bin
as Granny
Zhang Lu
as Mrs. Lan
Zhong Lu
as Mrs. Lan
Donglin Guo
as Liu Yunwei
Wu Shumin
as Street Committee Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

The power of his film comes from its resolutely human focus.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It is surprising that this film got out of the repressive clutches of China. Lu Liping gave a tremendous portrayal of motherhood.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng)

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  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer


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. T.
Linda K. T.

Super Reviewer

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