Youth (Fang Hua)

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Performing art troupe members each face their own trials and tribulations; from escaping a family scandal to dealing with unrequited love, each experiences rejection that shapes their lives in this coming-of-age tale selected to play at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Chinese helming legend Feng Xiaogang.

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Cast

Xuan Huang
as Feng Liu
Miao Miao
as Xiaoping He
Yang Caiyu
as Dingding Lin
Li Xiaofeng
as Shuwen Hao

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  • The film still generates a certain amount of fascination as it transforms into a melodramatic love story, though I missed the imagination and historical sweep that defined the first half.

    Jan 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It will probably break your heart in all the wrong ways.

    Dec 15, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If our understanding of the losses these characters have suffered feels incomplete, it's hard to come away entirely unaffected as these men and women look back at their young adulthood and the whirlwind of historical change against which it played out.

    Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • As a straight, sentimental melodrama, "Youth" works well. While there are a lot of conventional tropes, the cast enacts them with such fresh, tenderhearted sincerity that they regain some power.

    Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Feng [snakes] his camera exuberantly though scenes that highlight colorful costumes, dynamic choreography and beautiful chorines.

    Dec 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Youth, for all its technical prowess, is perhaps the director's most melancholy and pessimistic film about Chinese society yet.

    Nov 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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