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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
Liping Lü ...
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
Xiaoying Song ...
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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$355,974 (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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Excellent Movie
18 November 2006 | by (Shanghai, China) – See all my reviews

As you knew about the fate of this movie in the motherland, I can get DVD or tape from rent store even from illegal DVD seller. It seems that we can do nothing at this kind of circumstance. But director told the predominant story and outstanding mother in that special years. It just like that children's song has been sung again and again in the movie. I wondered how all those actors and actresses who acted as Hong Wei Bing (Young guard soldiers) thought during made this movie. Actually they didn't go through this kind of special history. they just got limited information from books. And I believed that all these limited information can not let them understood fully it. probably these stuffs have not covered everything. But i appreciated that director is bold to tell people what's happening. When people can face their history and mistake they made, I believed that nation of those people will be stronger and stronger you never imagined.


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