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In the Heat of the Sun (1994)

Yang guang can lan de ri zi (original title)
| Drama, History | 1994 (China)
A story of four teenagers during Cultural Revolution in Beijing.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yu Xia ...
Ma Xiaojun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Mr. Hu
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Liu Yiku (as Geng Le)
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Ma Xiaojun (adult)
Xiaoning Liu ...
Liu Yiku (adult)
Jing Ning ...
Mi Lan
Nan Shang ...
Liu Sitian
Gaowa Siqin ...
Mother
Hong Tao ...
Yu Beipei
Shuo Wang ...
Small-time conman
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Father
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MA Xiaojun, a teenager boy, enjoying 100% freedom, grew up brutally in Beijing in the special days of cultural revolution. With nothing to do in schools, he began to sneak into strangers' homes using a self-made key. One day, he opened a door, entering the house of MI Lan. Without any notice, Mi came back home early, making MA nowhere to hide but under the bed. He saw the well-shaped young girl changing and naturally, as a teenager boy, he fell into the puppy love. Without any agenda or expectation, he tried to court the girl... Time passed away, young boys and girls changed. When looking back at the days of puberty, it seems the Sun shined strongly everyday. And the heat of the sun, though far fading, can still be felt in the memories of the people of that generation. Long story short, it is a Chinese version of the sorrows of younger Werther. Written by Xuguang Deng

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Something of black humor covering youngsters' growing pain during the historical period of Cultural Revolution
4 May 2002 | by (Shanghai China) – See all my reviews

It is not only a time for people over 40 years old in China to recall, but a touching story for everybody to get moved - a vivid reflection of the impulse and passion of teenagers in that restive years of Cultural Revolution of China. Lots of pain but always a time to remember. Salutation to Director Jiang Wen, who remains also the top contemporary actor in China.






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