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Kan shang qu hen mei (2006)

A young boy starting school for the first time struggles to fit in to a strictly regimented society in in post-revolutionary China.

Director:

Yuan Zhang

Writers:

Shuo Wang (novel), Dai Ning | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bowen Dong Bowen Dong ... Fang Qiangqiang
Yuanyuan Ning Yuanyuan Ning ... Yang Nanyan
Manyuan Chen Manyuan Chen ... Yang Beiyan
Zhao Rui Zhao Rui ... Ms. Li
Xinyun Li ... Ms. Tang (as Xiaofeng Li)
Yujia Sun Yujia Sun ... Dou
Ma Du Ma Du ... Fa
Runqiu Liu Runqiu Liu ... Pang
Ziye Wang Ziye Wang ... Mao
Yanghao Zhang Yanghao Zhang ... Jin
Jiani Kang Jiani Kang ... Jia
Jiaheng Zhao Jiaheng Zhao ... Hai
Lian Liu Lian Liu ... Qian
Qing Yao Qing Yao ... Ning
Huacheng Li Huacheng Li ... Long
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Storyline

Qiang is a four-year-old little rebel, possessed of a pair of luminous eyes and a precociously indomitable will. His father deposits him at a well-appointed residential kindergarten in post-1949 Beijing, since his parents are often away. Life at the kindergarten appears rich and colourful, made up of a variety of cheerfully sunny rituals and games meant to train these children to be good members of society. But it's not so easy for Qiang to adapt to this kind of carefully organized, minutely scrutinized collective life. A fierce individualist in miniature, he tries but fails to conform to the model his teachers enforce. Yet he still craves the reward that the other students win: the little red flowers awarded each day as tokens for good behaviour. But Qiang doesn't win any flowers: he can't yet dress himself, and doesn't play together with the other kids. He even dares to talk back to the strict Teacher Li and Principal Kong when they try to impose some discipline on him. Gradually, ... Written by the producers

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Country:

China | Italy

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Pequenas Flores Vermelhas See more »

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charming little rebel in a Chinese kindergarten
31 March 2014 | by ethanoelSee all my reviews

this is a film that you can easily watch with your little kids, because they can relate themselves to this little hero's rebellion against (totalitarian) adults and their unjust world. the protagonist in this case is a stubborn rascal but he has his own logic in behaving as he does, so take him seriously or otherwise... it is a charming little movie about children's life in post-revolutionary china, a small gem. and on general level it also is a perennial study of a child's inability to understand or accept all the strange things adults do or not do to keep their sometimes questionable authority. a nice addition to Asian kid movies which are usually more of a Japanese or a south korean field of quality cinema.


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