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Beijing Punk -- What happens when 1.3 billion Chinese discover punk?  Beijing Punk is a feature length, English language documentary that is an exploration of the hidden world of rebels and misfits a scratch under the surface of conformist China.


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23 October 2012 (USA) See more »
What happens when 1.3 billion Chinese discover punk?
A film crew follows underground punks through Communist China in the year of the Olympics. | Add synopsis »
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Beijing Punk is the most fascinating movement in punk rock history and this movie shows you why. See more (6 total) »


Liu Bao ... Liu Bao
Xu Bo ... Xu Bo
Nevin Domer ... Nevin
Shi Xu Dong ... Shi Xu Dong
Brian Hardgroove ... Hardgroove

Shaun M. Jefford ... Shaun
Lei Jun ... Lei Jun
Alexandre Kyriakidis ... Alex
Johnathan Leijonhufvud ... Johnathan
Sun Ya Lun ... Sun Ya Lun
Micky ... Micky
Zhang Ning ... Zhang Ning
Mark Oi ... Mark Oi
Miss Pei ... Miss Pie
Li Hui Peng ... Li Hui Peng
Du Shei ... Du Shei
Du Shuai ... Du Shuai
Yang Hai Song ... Yang
Vivlei Wang ... Vivlei
Guo Yang ... Guo Yang
Li Yang ... Spike
Ma Yue ... Ma Yue
Liu Zhenxing ... Liu Liu

Directed by
Shaun M. Jefford 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shaun M. Jefford 

Produced by
Shaun M. Jefford .... producer
Mike Kramer .... producer
Tom Lanni .... associate producer
Alex Scollay .... producer
Johanna Steinmann .... associate producer
Dominic Stone .... consulting producer
Paul Turner .... executive producer
Paul Turner .... producer
Paul Zagoridis .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Alexandre Kyriakidis 
Film Editing by
Shaun M. Jefford 
Alex Meillier 
Tanya Meillier (co-editor)
Production Management
Tanya Meillier .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Sean O'Sullivan .... lead graphic artist
Visual Effects by
Neil Huxley .... title designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Brunton .... camera operator
Shaun M. Jefford .... camera operator
Matthew Neiderhauser .... still photographer
Mark Oi .... still photographer
Wang Yang .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Zach Tow .... trailer/teaser editor
Other crew
Eva O'Sullivan .... lead translator
Maeva Caron .... special thanks
Benjamin Collignon .... special thanks
Michael Collins .... the producers wish to thank
Alexis Kovalenko .... the producers wish to thank
Alex Meillier .... very special thanks
Tanya Meillier .... thanks
Christopher Yahng .... thanks

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85 min | USA:73 min
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Beijing Punk is the most fascinating movement in punk rock history and this movie shows you why., 8 April 2010
Author: kentbernhard from United States

Punk was always a labor movement, a voice of the under privileged and unheard fringe groups in both American and English society. The great irony was that most of the punk movement was an intellectual one, and those who gravitated you the message were often middle class if not wealthy. The truth was that "Sex Pistols" were manufactured, the "Ramons" while sticking rigidly to their roots, were still trying to make a buck, and Strummer had to renounce his affluent upbringing to become a voice of the working class hero.

Many of these bands where strongly political, many spoke from a voice of unrest, all of them had something to say about the Government, mostly critical. These are the roots of punk. But, what happens when those values take root in a neo-Communist world? This is the story of "Beijing Punk", a raw and skillfully made documentary that gives you a first hand look at some of Beijing's biggest punk bands and the uncomfortable role they play with the government of China. These aren't bands looking to start a violent uprising, or over turn the fascist "Reaganites". These are bands who want to play music, who struggle to live a dream in honest poverty rather than securing a job, which would likely place them in 10 to 12 hour work days, with no time to play or practice what they love. These are bands who have embraced all that is true about punk rock, it's history and it's politics, while growing up and living in a country that maintained strong control over it's people their entire lives. Can China and Punk Rock co-exist in a Communist society? Can a band lash out at a government that needs to approve its lyrics? This documentary shows you the delicate walk between true punk rockers and the controlled environment they have grown up in.

I highly recommend this documentary to all the "punks" out there who think they know what the movement is about. Punk in China will give honest perspective to everything you thought you knew. I recommend this documentary to every music lover who truly sees music as a form of expression. Finally, I recommend this documentary to everyone curious about the future of the one country fast become the next super-power, for China itself is redefining the world, just as punk is helping to redefine China.

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