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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Apt conversion from comic strip

8/10
Author: suchenwi (suchenwi@o2online.de) from Konstanz, Germany
17 June 2008

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"San mao" (3 hairs) was a very popular Chinese comic strip first published in 1935-37, continued from 1948 into the 1990s, about a young orphan boy struggling with life in Shanghai.

This movie adaptation sees a lively boy actor in the central role. His head is quite changed to match the comic book appearance, with big head, thick nose, and the three strands of hair that give him his name. At first, this looks bewildering, but one soon gets used to it, and follows his mixed adventures in dire poverty, in the pickpocket school, on "Children's Day", especially his "adoption" by a rich family with a big party that is very well put to scene (and with thrilling music in the chase scenes). Unforgettable images.

The final scene (Communists parade in the street) seems a little tacked on), but the real comic had the same situations, which to us appear much less exciting than the "pre-Liberation" ones. But poor children in the 1930s might have thought differently...

For those interested in Chinese history and popular culture, this movie is highly recommended. 9/10.

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

The Cruel World

6/10
Author: crossbow0106 from United States
14 June 2009

Although based on a comic strip this is not a comedy but an often next to brutal story about a young orphan who tries to make it on the streets. You see pretty graphic scenes of children being dirty and starving. Longji Wang does do a tremendous job as Sanmao, a boy who has three long hairs pasted on his head along with a tuft on hair on top of his head. Its sometimes sad to see this. While the Little Rascals highlighted lower middle class kids, it was played mostly for laughs. There are a few funny parts, but this is also a grim tale. Although I found it very watchable you just want something good to happen to this kid. I recommend it if you're interested in "classic" Chinese cinema. Otherwise, skip it, especially if you work with children.

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