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The Blue Kite (1993)

Lan feng zheng (original title)
The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.




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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
Chen Shujuan
Cunxin Pu ...
Lin Shaolong
Li Guodong (Uncle Li)
Baochang Guo ...
3rd husband
Ping Zong ...
Chen Shusheng
Quanzhong Chu ...
Chen Shuyan
Hong Zhang ...
Zhu Ying
Yanjin Liu ...
Shujuan's mother
Bin Li ...
Zhang Lu ...
Mrs. Lan
Donglin Guo ...
Lin Yunwei


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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Release Date:

25 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De blauwe vlieger  »

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$355,974 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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I can't stop thinking it might not be true, but...
11 April 2003 | by (Shanghai) – See all my reviews

According to some sort of reason, I didn't know this movie until these days. After watching it, I cannot stop thinking this might not be true, but I know it is a real story. Or I'd rather say "they are real" because this kind of story almost happened in every Chinese family.It might be fortunate that I'v got a complete family, but I can imagine what would happen if they, my parents, were not so lucky.

Everything in the story are as real as they might be. To stigmatize and to be stigmatized, to live and to die, to resist and to be resisted, to beat and to be beaten while life was still going on. Attacking the rightists, perish the four vermins, big lunge, making steel, disasters of 3 years... all these things were filled in the daily conversations of Chinese nowadays.

but I don't think we'v paid enough attention to this period of Chinese history. Especially young people do not even know it. This movie is still forbidden in China. Willing to see its public show.

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