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3 June 2005 (China) See more »
In the 1980s, encouraged by the government, a large number of families leave Chinese cities to settle in the poorer regions of the country... See more » | Add synopsis »
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Artistic in places, plodding in others See more (13 total) »



Yuanyuan Gao ... Wu Qinghong
Bin Li ... Xiao Gen Er

Hao Qin ... Lu Jun
Yang Tang ... Zhou Meifen
Xueyang Wang ... Xiao Zhen

Anlian Yao ... Wu Zemin

Directed by
Xiaoshuai Wang 
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(in alphabetical order)
Xiaoshuai Wang 

Produced by
Isabelle Glachant .... executive producer
Huatong Li .... executive producer
Wei Li .... executive producer
Li Pi .... producer
Original Music by
Wu Zhang 
Cinematography by
Di Wu 
Film Editing by
Hongyu Yang 
Sound Department
Jingyan Zhang .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Qing hong" - China (original title)
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France:123 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Artistic in places, plodding in others, 30 June 2008
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

The conflict between authoritarian fathers, expecting respect, and their children is a common theme of contemporary Chinese movies; so are the political changes of the recent past (although don't expect to see a film about the Tiannanmen Square massacre). 'Shanghai Dreams' fits this pattern, and there are some highly effective scenes in it: one, a showdown in a factory, with the sound of the machines providing a hideous underscore to the threat of violence; another, where an attempted escape is followed entirely from within the back of a vehicle. But I'm not quite sure it deserved its Cannes prize; Goa Yuanyuan appears a little too old for her character, some of the dialogue is a little expository (at least in translation), and the sense of claustrophobia supposedly felt by its characters (exiles from Shanghai, stuck in a remote industrial town) is not entirely conveyed: I didn't feel that I was pining for Shanghai when watching this movie, and perhaps I should have done. And I didn't quite know what to make of the ending, which though shocking, has a slightly incidental feeling to it. This does not make this a bad movie; but I've seen other films (for example, 'The World'), which have offered more original insights into the fast-changing face of modern China

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