Youth (Fang Hua) Reviews

August 27, 2018
It's a mesmerising, massive, immersive slant on significant historical events made personal, and the passing of youth and innocence.
January 31, 2018
The cast includes seasoned young actors such as Huang, who conveys Liu Feng's initial sunniness and his subsequent stoicism in the face of everything life throws at him, and Miao, who is also convincing as the long-suffering Xiaoping.
January 24, 2018
Youth's conflicted narrative conveys the loss of innocence of its young characters fascinatingly.
January 4, 2018
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.
December 15, 2017
though the grander themes will translate for audiences across the globe, Feng's Spielbergian desire to over-sentimentalise every scene means that overall, Youth is more frustrating than affecting.
December 15, 2017
It will probably break your heart in all the wrong ways.
December 14, 2017
The overall tone of sorrow here comes from more than nostalgia; you're left with a sense that all that idealistic pulling together and doing without was beautiful, in a way.
December 14, 2017
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.
December 14, 2017
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.
December 13, 2017
Feng [snakes] his camera exuberantly though scenes that highlight colorful costumes, dynamic choreography and beautiful chorines.
November 4, 2017
Youth, for all its technical prowess, is perhaps the director's most melancholy and pessimistic film about Chinese society yet.
September 15, 2017
Youth is as sentimental as it is accomplished...
September 9, 2017
The film serves as a paean to idealism and endurance, yet the word "heart-breaking" comes to mind scene after scene.
September 8, 2017
This sweeping saga of a generation marked by political and social upheaval is told with a combination of virtuoso filmmaking and unrelenting schmaltz.