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The Golden Era (2014)

Huang jin shi dai (original title)
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The life story of Xiao Hong, one of China's most famous essayists and novelists, who reflected the progressive thinking not frequently seen during the 1930s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Xiao Jun
Zhiwen Wang ...
Yawen Zhu ...
Duanmu Hongliang
Xuan Huang ...
Luo Binji
Ding Lin
Quan Yuan ...
Mei Zhi
Yuan Tian ...
Bai Lang
Jiali Ding ...
Xu Guangping
Qianyuan Wang ...
Nie Gannu
Yi Sha ...
Shu Qun
Feng Zu ...
Luo Feng
Jiang Xijin
Lei Feng ...
Hu Feng
Wenkang Yuan ...
Wang Enjia


The life of Chinese writer Xiao Hong, from her childhood in the Heilongjiang Province to her final days in Hong Kong's Repulse Bay. The love of the author's life, newspaper editor Xiao Jun and the inspiration she drew from him as well as the surrounding literary scene in creating some of China's most enduring masterpieces is explored against the backdrop of a turbulent time that included the formation of the Chinese Communist government and World War II. Written by China Lion Film Distribution

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Release Date:

1 October 2014 (China)  »

Also Known As:

The Golden Era  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$48,000 (USA) (17 October 2014)


$99,872 (USA) (7 November 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to Qiang Li, the writer of screenplay, most lines in this film are taken from quotes and words in books that written by characters in real-life. See more »

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A film failed miserably by the following flaws:
4 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

1) A very bad script with poor arrangement of storyline, scenes, characters appearances, boring narration, extended unnecessary anecdotes.

There seems not enough stuff to fulfill the biopic, so the screenplay writer just keeps blabbering lot of boring segments of the heroine's uninterested enough background back story. The heroine died at 31 years old, so there's not a lot to tell but pumped a lot of yada yada to make it longer. A very poorly scripted screenplay, trying so hard to say something but ended up telling nothing and nothing worthwhile telling.

2) A movie directed by a too old, too traditionally grabbed director, who could only direct the film with her formulaic ways of directing with similar paces and prescription. She has received many awards but never could get rid of her rigid, one way directing habits. A habitual burden pressed down almost all of her films, long, straight line one direction narrative, randomly arranged scenes forced to patch up with flashbacks, jump-around plots, young and old images of the same character. Too traditional way of directing that not catching up the modern way of viewing paces and tempos of the present audiences. A slow-like-hell pace that only nicotine pills might keep the viewers awakening enough to make the ticket fare worth.

3) Very poor editing. The director obviously always sticks to her peer of editors who got the same problems of evolving with time. This film suffered too many back-and-forth patch-up scenes.

4) Too many unnecessary scenes and worthless unimportant anecdotes or incidents, like a randomly patched up quilt with many unrelated pieces of clothes.

5) Pumped into this boring film with lot of historical literary characters, trying to get the audiences connected, but ended up in a nothing but Zzzzzz meh big yawn.

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