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In the Heat of the Sun (1994)
"Yang guang can lan de ri zi" (original title)

 -  Drama | History  -  1994 (China)
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Ma Xiaojun
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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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Narratives of Ourselves
26 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is an excellent depiction of how people construct narratives of their own past. They take what they like, exaggerate those aspects, try to fit it into a coherent story. They try to construct stories that depict them as who they want to be. People may tell these constructed stories to others, but they also try to convince themselves of the veracity of their constructed stories. This movie explores these ideas in a very powerful way, through the viewpoint of a boy growing up. I found it especially meaningful because I can personally relate to it. I'm not going to spoil the best scenes for you by telling you the way in which the ideas are presented.


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