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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Two brave Chinese citizens try to help a cowed nation

7/10
Author: evening1 from United States
11 August 2013

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Startling documentary about two "citizen reporters" in China who blog about issues and conditions the government wants to keep quiet.

The bravery of this pair, who did not seem to know each other until meeting at a conference, is stunning.

"Zola" -- is his name inspired by the French novelist who famously dissented during the Dreyfus Affair? -- is a free-thinking 20-something from a conventional, dirt-poor family in Hunan Province. (His mother wishes he'd just sell vegetables while his father wants him to settle down and marry.)

The divorced "Tiger Temple" is a world-weary 57-year-old who travels thousands of miles through the countryside by bike, documenting unglamorous problems like sewage that has flooded a village.

Zola, sometimes irreverent but always polite, complains of a Great Firewall of China, the state entity that censors and blocks websites. The government finds him so threatening that it bars him from leaving the country to address a bloggers' conference in Germany.

And the authorities don't want Tiger in Beijing during a Communist Party meeting, so 10 policemen ferry him 600 miles away to another sprawling megalopolis, Xi'an, for a forced timeout. Naughty, naughty boy!

I have the deepest admiration for these brave, lonely souls who risk their well-being to help their fellow citizens! Along the way we see many hints that Chinese people in the street are fed up and angry. They show their receptivity to the muckrakers' efforts by allowing themselves to be filmed and quoted. In one striking segment, a peasant sings verse after verse of a bitter, allegorical protest song.

It's troubling to read in the epilogue that the now-married Zola has fled to the relative sanctuary of Taiwan to pursue his activism. But Tiger, who disconcertingly prematurely views himself as an old man, continues his wanderings through the Chinese "wilderness," often seemingly with nothing for respite but a harmonica.

Let's remember these guys and keep a watchful -- but caring! -- eye out for them. The world community must show its support.

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A Great Look At the Challenges Still Facing China

9/10
Author: jamesjohnson78 from San Diego, CA
9 August 2013

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This film chronicles the start, lives, challenges, and careers of two uncensored news bloggers in modern Communist China. Each one does not know the other at the start, but eventually dovetail nicely into awareness. The people are normal, believable, and very motivated.

The music, cinematography, editing, all of it are amazing and topnotch. I honestly am not one for owning let alone re-watching documentaries, but I've already put this on my "To Purchase Blu-Ray" list. This film inspires you, informs you, and wants you to reach through the screen and help out these individuals in their quest for helping China move into the 21st Century of media.

If you are ever interested in censorship in Communist countries, Asian modern culture, independent news blogging, or want to learn more about personal struggles with your dream and reality, watch "High Tech, Low Life" right now.

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