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Yang guang can lan de ri zi (1994)

| Drama, History | 1994 (China)
A story of four teenagers during Cultural Revolution in Beijing.

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Ma Xiaojun
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Mr. Hu
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Liu Yiku (as Geng Le)
Dong Han ...
Ma Xiaojun (child)
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Ma Xiaojun (adult)
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Liu Yiku (adult)
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Mi Lan
Nan Shang ...
Liu Sitian
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Yu Beipei
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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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One of the Best Chinese Films Ever Made
22 March 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Beijing, the Seventies. Now that the Cultural Revolution has driven most adults to the provinces, 14-year old Monkey and his pals have free reign over the city. They hang around, get up to no good and discover that unsolvable mystery more commonly referred to as 'girls'.

In the Heat of the Sun is a beautifully shot semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story where the ostensible nostalgia is undercut by an ironic narrator, who keeps blurring the line between what's real and what may be imagined ("Wait, maybe it didn't happen that way,..."). It's a movie not just about memories, but also about the act of remembering and on how difficult that is, in a city which constantly re-builds itself from the ground up, in a country which constantly rewrites its own history.


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