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The Blue Kite (1993)

Lan feng zheng (original title)
On Dry Well Lane in Beijing in 1953, Chen Shujuan and Lin Shaolong marry. A year later their son, nicknamed Tietou (Iron Head), is born. The Party is everywhere: Mao's photograph, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tian Yi ...
Tietou as an infant
Wenyao Zhang ...
Tietou as a child
Xiaoman Chen ...
Tietou as a teenager
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Chen Shujuan
Cunxin Pu ...
Lin Shaolong
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Li Guodong (Uncle Li)
Baochang Guo ...
3rd husband
Ping Zong ...
Chen Shusheng
Quanzhong Chu ...
Chen Shuyan
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Sis
Hong Zhang ...
Zhu Ying
Yanjin Liu ...
Shujuan's mother
Bin Li ...
Granny
Zhang Lu ...
Mrs. Lan
Donglin Guo ...
Lin Yunwei
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On Dry Well Lane in Beijing in 1953, Chen Shujuan and Lin Shaolong marry. A year later their son, nicknamed Tietou (Iron Head), is born. The Party is everywhere: Mao's photograph, loud-speaker announcements, visits from the neighborhood committee. Shaolong dies in a reform camp; a close family friend, who protects Shujuan and her son partly out of guilt for lying to authorities about Shaolong, succumbs to malnutrition; a confrontation with the Red Guard leads to injury, imprisonment and death. Shujuan's love for Tietou sustains her, and the child's blue kite embodies hope: "I can make another for you," says Tietou's dad; by the end, Tietou promises this to a small child Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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25 March 1994 (USA)  »

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When it became clear at some point during production that the Chinese government would ban this film, the producers smuggled the negative to Japan, completed post production there and sold the rights worldwide. Peking was not amused, and in consequence, director Zhuangzhuang Tian was not allowed to work for several years. See more »

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Another brilliant movie from mainland China
16 April 1999 | by (Boston, Ma.) – See all my reviews

This brilliant film should be seen by anyone who appreciates great movie-making. Covering similar ground as 'Farewell, My Concubine', this time the story of China's political upheavals is told from the point of view of a simple family trying desperately to survive, as told from the point of view of the son. Lu Liping is amazing as the mother. A performance worthy of her contemporary Gong Li. Give me any of these performances over the theatrical machinations of a Meryl Streep or a Glenn Close any day. This is real acting at its finest. One warning: the ending will rip your heart out.


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