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The Golden Era (2014)

The Golden Era (2014)

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Directed by Ann Hui (A Simple Life, God of Killers, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt), the film traces the life of Xiao Hong, one of China's most famous essayist and novelist, reflecting the progressive thinking not frequently seen during the time period. Set in 1930s China, the film uses personal accounts and the author's own writings in piecing together a turbulent life in a turbulent time. Tang Wei (汤唯), a multiple award winner for her lead role in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution as well as her starring turn in last year's blockbuster hit Finding Mr. Right, plays Xiao Hong, with Feng Shaofeng (冯绍峰) co-starring; Shaofeng recently was in the Chinese hit The Continent and will star in the upcoming film Wolf Totem, written by Jean-Jacques Annaud and John Collee, from the best-selling novel by Jian Rong. (C) China Lion

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Cast

Tang Wei
as Xiao Hong
Shaofeng Feng
as Xiao Jun
Wen Ya Zhu
as Duanmu Hongliang
Xuan Huang
as Luo Binji
Lei Hao
as Ding Lin
Yuan Quan
as Mei Zhi
Yuan Tian
as Bai Lang
Jiali Ding
as Xu Guangping
Qianyuan Wang
as Nie Gannu
Sha Yi
as Shu Qun
Zu Feng
as Luo Feng
Yuan Wenkang
as Wang Enjia
Chen Yue Mo
as Jin Jianxiao
Wang Zi Yi
as Zhang Meilin
Zhang Jia Yi
as Zhou Jingwen
Wang Jingchun
as Landlord Laohuang
Yang Xue
as Xu Yuehua
Gang Jiao
as Huang Yuan
Bo Zhang
as Wang Enjia's Brother
Yao Zhang
as Zhou Ying
Tang Yi Xin
as Cheng Juan
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Critic Reviews for The Golden Era

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Sadly, the tale doesn't always keep pace with the ethereal aesthetic.

April 9, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Hui captures the romantic aura of Xiao's freethinking audacity and artistic vocation in poised, painterly shots that seem less like sites of action than like elusive memories.

February 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Though it hasn't the sweep to be greater than the sum of its parts, the movie offers an absorbing mix of melodrama and historical detail.

October 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Overlong and too reverent, conveying little sense of Xiao Hong the person and even less of her talent.

October 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Beautifully made and deftly performed ...

October 16, 2014 | Full Review…
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Sadly "The Golden Era" is opportunity squandered . It may play very well in China, but what does it serve the rest of us to experience this fascinating woman's life rendered as little more than slow-moving historical soap opera?

October 25, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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