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Little Red Flowers (2006)
"Kan shang qu hen mei" (original title)

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A young boy starting school for the first time struggles to fit in to a strictly regimented society in in post-revolutionary China.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bowen Dong ...
Fang Qiangqiang
Yuanyuan Ning ...
Yang Nanyan
Chen Manyuan ...
Yang Beiyan
Zhao Rui ...
Ms. Li
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Ms. Tang (as Xiaofeng Li)
Yujia Sun ...
Dou
Ma Du ...
Fa
Runqiu Liu ...
Pang
Ziye Wang ...
Mao
Yanghao Zhang ...
Jin
Jiani Kang ...
Jia
Jiaheng Zhao ...
Hai
Lian Liu ...
Qian
Qing Yao ...
Ning
Huacheng Li ...
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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 the producers

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Kindergarten - even little flowers don't make it a rose garden.
23 March 2009 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Sometimes you are lucky enough to catch a little movie that, other than your own reaction to it, you feel rather inadequate to discuss in depth. This is one such movie for me, one I decided to catch on TV the other night and slowly found it gaining my adoration.

From director Yuan Zhang (who I am unfamiliar with), this film is all about young Fang Qiangqiang. Fang is placed into a kindergarten boarding school and soon finds that the ordered, organised system is something he is completely unused to and unable to grasp. He is unable to dress himself in the mornings, unable to go to the toilet at the correct times, unable to do a heck of a lot of things that the other children have already managed to achieve. Because of this he is constantly denied the symbol of reward given to the others, the little red flowers of the title. As Fang's frustration and fierce desire for independence grows so does his erratic and mischievous side, making him even more of a target to the teachers than he was in the first place.

Unfolding at a leisurely pace, this film never feels dull. In fact, much of the running time plays out like cinema verite, you feel as if you're spying on these children and their teachers because the performances are so unguarded and natural. Everyone plays their part brilliantly but the top prize, unreservedly, goes to little Bowen Dong who plays Fang. A perfect mix of fun, petulance, nerves, fearlessness and imagination, Dong's performance gives us one of the most perfectly-realised little boys I have ever seen on film. It helps that all of the other children are almost just as good while the adults all play their parts well, despite having to portray the "baddies" of the film.

A wonderful little movie that I encourage everyone to try and see, if only to remember those awkward moments from childhood that we've all gone through at one time or another.

See this if you like: My Life As A Dog, Etre et avoir, The Rugrats Movie.


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