The blue kite

The blue kite

DVD - 2003 | Chinese
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A young boy observes the difficulties suffered by family and friends during the political and social repression in China in the 1950s and 1960s
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino on Video, 2003
Edition: Letter boxed edition
Copyright Date: ©1993
Branch Call Number: DVD Blue 1993
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated
Alternative Title: Lan feng cheng


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Jan 31, 2018

Tian Zhuang Zhuang directed it. Stories in it are real, and they are related with total sincerity. It is about a young school teacher's ( by Lu Liping) everyday, unexceptional life in Beijing. From her first marriage, her new born son( Tiedou), to other two marriages, it went through Mao's purge and the cultural revolution, the two biggest movements in Chinese history with the Blue Kite as a thread and emblem of loss in the entire story. The relationship between Tiedou and his mother observes truths that must exist in all cultures: how the parent makes sacrifices for years, only to see child turn aside. It was from a humanity point of view, not so much about China as about human nature, which made it associated to people who lived in different countries, at different eras and with different cultures. The film is photographed with remarkable gracefulness, colors and compositions finding beauty in the lives of these people ( neighbors from the courtyard and the streets) and especially in their faces. It is a political film! But it achievers its purpose by indirection. It is the best movie from the Fifth generation of Chinese filmmakers. 4/4 on Roger Ebert, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 7.7/10 on IMDb.

Apr 01, 2017

The Blue Kite is memorable because of its horrifying depiction of the Cultural Revolution in China. Decent, ordinary people doing unspeakable things to each other, either because they are sold on the word of Mao or out of self-preservation. However, even as one horror leads to the next, I found myself unable to feel for the characters and actually found the movie boring in a horrible sort of way. It is definitely worth seeing how the Cultural Revolution veered out of control, but as a movie, it is quite flawed, unless the point the movie is trying to make is that oppression can become routine and ordinary and even boring.

May 26, 2012

Long, boring chronicle of lives ruined by Maoist thought-control system. Strong ending.


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