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