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
Alternative Title: Lan feng cheng


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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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