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King of the Children (1987)

Hai zi wang (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 March 1989 (Sweden)
This film is adapted from the novel of Ah Cheng. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976),

Director:

Kaige Chen

Writers:

Cheng Ah (novel) (as A Cheng), Kaige Chen | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Yuan Xie ... Lao Gar
Xuewen Yang Xuewen Yang ... Wang Fu
Shaohua Chen Shaohua Chen ... Headmaster Chen
Caimei Zhang Caimei Zhang ... Laidi
Guoqing Xu Guoqing Xu ... Lao Hei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bo Gao Bo Gao
Changwei Gu Changwei Gu ... Secretary Wu
Jianjun He Jianjun He
Tianxi Jia Tianxi Jia
Gang Le Gang Le ... Cowherd
Haichen Liu Haichen Liu ... Wang Qitong, Wang Fu's Father
Xiaolu Qiang Xiaolu Qiang
Jianjun Su Jianjun Su
Li Tan Li Tan
Tuo Tan Tuo Tan ... Village team-leader
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An unschooled young man, one of the countless victims of Mao's Cultural Revolution, is labouring in the countryside when he is suddenly assigned to teach in a near-by village school. Gradually, he finds the confidence to ditch the Maoist textbook and encourage the barely literate kids to write about their own lives and feelings. At the same time, through a series of dream-like meetings with a young cowherd, he begins to sense the possibilities of a life beyond the parameters of traditional education.

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

17 March 1989 (Sweden) See more »

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King of the Children See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An eulogy of humanity hidden in the social criticism
24 November 2003 | by zzmaleSee all my reviews

In contrast to his previous works of carefully concealing the criticism of not-so-favorite part of Chinese tradition, this film took a completely different turn: although generally shaped by the social criticism, namely, targeting Cultural Revolution, there is a praise of the good part of traditional Chinese culture, such as the dedication for the next generation, the endurance, the emphasis on education.


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