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Night in China (2008)
"Nuit de Chine" (original title)

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China today resembles night - filled with imagination. For a long period of time China was a country that did not like to discuss darkness or night. For decades the "Red Sun" was the most ... See full summary »

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China today resembles night - filled with imagination. For a long period of time China was a country that did not like to discuss darkness or night. For decades the "Red Sun" was the most direct form of allowed imagination. Under today's sun office buildings and construction sights dominate one's vision. But in the evening everything changes, and you can see the spiritual life of the people. Evenings everywhere provide us with an opportunity to see ourselves, as through a mirror's reflection. In the evenings humanity is always more sensitive and vulnerable. In its darkness we are cloaked in intimacy and obscurity. All through the day, people work hard to put on and maintain appearances, and daytime resembles a stage on which people perform. Yet during the evening we are able to wander backstage. Today, China is no longer in the generation of the "Red Sun". Now we can see a different side of China's red sun. The reality of China today is a microcosm of the world. China is not just a ... Written by Anonymous

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15 December 2008 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Night in China, a documentary by Ju An-Qi, was broadcast on Finnish television a few months ago. I must say, it's one of the better documentaries I've seen. The concept of the film may not seem very intriguing at first; the director has simply chosen to film some people at night, somewhere in China. But the result is nothing short of stunning. There is the couple living in a crammed apartment. He is a shoe-repairer, while she works in a Karaoke bar. They talk about day-to-day life. Getting by somehow. There is the woman who works in a place that takes care of cats. We see another woman talking about her job, cleaning two streets in the middle of the night. What caught my attention was not only the atmosphere of the film (for some reason I was thinking of Jarmusch and Night on Earth) but also the stories the people of the film were telling. They all appeared very real to me and the lack of a coherent "plot" connecting the different stories was, in my opinion, no problem at all


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