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Dragon Girls (2012)

Drachenmädchen (original title)
The documentary "Drachenmädchen" (Dragon Girls) tells the story of three Chinese girls, training to become Kung Fu fighters, far away from their families at the Shaolin Tagou Kung Fu School... See full summary »

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Inigo Westmeier
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Cast overview:
Xin Chenxi Xin Chenxi ... Dragon Girl
Chen Xi Chen Xi ... Dragon Girl
Huang Luolan Huang Luolan ... Dragon Girl
Yang Ziyu Yang Ziyu ... Dragon Girl
Quan Ling Quan Ling ... Dragon Girl
Manyu Xu Manyu Xu ... Dragon Girl
Liu Heike Liu Heike ... Principal
Jang Hualei Jang Hualei ... Trainer
Zhou Jin Ji Zhou Jin Ji ... Trainer
Shi Yan Zhuang Shi Yan Zhuang ... Monk
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The documentary "Drachenmädchen" (Dragon Girls) tells the story of three Chinese girls, training to become Kung Fu fighters, far away from their families at the Shaolin Tagou Kung Fu School, located right next to the Shaolin Monastery in China, place of origin of Kung Fu. Three girls in a crowd of 27.000 children, under pressure to conform to the norms and structures: They are turned into fighting robots and yet, if you look behind the curtain, you see children with dreams and aspirations. Written by Inigo Westmeier

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Xin Chenxi: Tears are an expression of weakness.


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Germany | China

Language:

Chinese

Release Date:

28 February 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Dragon Girls See more »

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China See more »

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EUR600,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Some after thoughts
22 November 2018 | by CyniLogicalSee all my reviews

These are the inevitable thoughts when and after I watched this film:

-This documentary was well made.

-All of this young kids were from poor families, especially from the poor, rural Chinese villages. Rich kids' parents would never send their brats to such training school. In order to unburden the tough financial status of these lower class families, parents usually would send their kids to such free boarding schools.

-The so-called "Kung Fu", the traditional Chinese martial arts, in modern days MMA, is just a so-so fighting technique that sometimes proved to be inferior to other countries traditional martial arts. Most of the time, it's useless and pointless. Kids from such schools would never have the realistic and practical ways to make a decent living when they grow up and out of such schools.

-Such kind of schools in China is a subtle method to control the Chinese mass, especially the young kids from the lower class, the very poor, to force feed the disciplines to them, narrowing down their mind and body in order not to become criminals or rebellious anti-Communism members, and achieve the goal of a "Stabilized" society. These kind of schools is just another form of "Reforming" schools, some kind of concentration camps but in a milder but still very strict and harsh form. More like military training camps, what they are training are the very young kids.

-Taking notice of the terrible polluted air quality in China everywhere. The heavily PM 2.5 smog inhaled 24/7/365 year around by these kids. They won't have healthy lungs to perform, their potentials would be limited.

-Chinese Kung Fu in mass production? It's a false and pointless hope, a wishful Chinese way of thinking. I just feel sad for these kids.


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