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The Lights of Ten Thousand Homes (1948)
"Wanjia denghuo" (original title)

 -  1948 (China)
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Credited cast:
Ma Lan
Yunzhu Shangguan
Longji Wang
Ping Wang ...
Mrs. Chen
Yinyan Wu ...
(as Yin Wu)


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Realistic And Difficult
20 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is about Zhiqing and Youlan, a couple with a young daughter in post war Shanghai. Zhiqing overstated his wealth and general living, so his impoverished mom, brother, sister in law and two children come to Shanghai to live. It turns out, Zhiqing lives in one room, so it is very difficult. Then the boss, who was a towns fellow of Zhiqing and who was also helped greatly growing up by Zhiqing's mom, pulls a shady business move and everyone is fired, including Zhuqing. So the question is how can Zhiqing support all these people, including a pregnant wife? This movie is somewhat difficult to watch, especially in these tough economic times. It is not a happy film at all, so you may just want to skip it for that reason. However, the acting is uniformly good and the story a surprisingly bold one from China. Good, but tough to watch. Not for the fainthearted.

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