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The Blue Kite (1993)
"Lan feng zheng" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  25 March 1994 (USA)
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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, ... 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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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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A great movie with a great actress
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This movie is great. It ends a bit abruptly but it is still a great movie. It sums up the way of life in China up until that part in a very poignant touching way without overdramatizing. I give it a ten. The sad part is that it was banned in china, only for telling the truth.


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