Qiang is a four-year-old little rebel, possessed of a pair of luminous eyes and a precociously indomitable will. His father deposits him at a well-appointed residential kindergarten in post-1949 Beijing, since his parents are often away. Life at the kindergarten appears rich and colourful, made up of a variety of cheerfully sunny rituals and games meant to train these children to be good members of society. But it's not so easy for Qiang to adapt to this kind of carefully organized, minutely scrutinized collective life. A fierce individualist in miniature, he tries but fails to conform to the model his teachers enforce. Yet he still craves the reward that the other students win: the little red flowers awarded each day as tokens for good behaviour. But Qiang doesn't win any flowers: he can't yet dress himself, and doesn't play together with the other kids. He even dares to talk back to the strict Teacher Li and Principal Kong when they try to impose some discipline on him. Gradually, ... Written by
this is a film that you can easily watch with your little kids, because they can relate themselves to this little hero's rebellion against (totalitarian) adults and their unjust world. the protagonist in this case is a stubborn rascal but he has his own logic in behaving as he does, so take him seriously or otherwise... it is a charming little movie about children's life in post-revolutionary china, a small gem. and on general level it also is a perennial study of a child's inability to understand or accept all the strange things adults do or not do to keep their sometimes questionable authority. a nice addition to Asian kid movies which are usually more of a Japanese or a south korean field of quality cinema.
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