Yang Ban Xi: The 8 Model Works

2005, Documentary, 1h 25m

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Chairman Mao's wife commissions a series of musical works to promote the ideals of China's Cultural Revolution.

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Critic Reviews for Yang Ban Xi: The 8 Model Works

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  • This enthralling documentary, a Dutch production by Hong Kong-born female director Yan Ting Yuen, not only reclaims the Chinese propaganda opera but niftily positions it in the rush of Chinese cultural history.

    June 1, 2006
  • A proper labor of love profiling many of the principles involved in the making of the films, peppered with a generous helping of wonderful clips.

    May 12, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Too often ... the film remains a hostage to its ambitious construction rather than simply using the opportunity to draw back the veil on a little-documented era.

    April 13, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It's a worthy subject, but its credibility is damaged by some banal fabrications.

    April 12, 2006
  • The director Yan-Ting Yuen revisits China's recent past to explore the history and legacy of one of the strangest byproducts of totalitarian madness: the revolutionary spectacular.

    March 29, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Entertaining and informative, but it suffers from distracting voice-overs of what are supposed to be Madame Mao's thoughts. Too bad.

    March 29, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • This enthralling documentary, a Dutch production by Hong Kong-born female director Yan Ting Yuen, not only reclaims the Chinese propaganda opera but niftily positions it in the rush of Chinese cultural history.

    June 1, 2006
  • A proper labor of love profiling many of the principles involved in the making of the films, peppered with a generous helping of wonderful clips.

    May 12, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Too often ... the film remains a hostage to its ambitious construction rather than simply using the opportunity to draw back the veil on a little-documented era.

    April 13, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It's a worthy subject, but its credibility is damaged by some banal fabrications.

    April 12, 2006
  • Vividly depicts the power and influence of "escapist" entertainment.

    March 1, 2007 | Full Review…
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    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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