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Jia nian hua (2017)

TV-14 | | Drama | 4 May 2018 (USA)
In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are sexually assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she chooses to keep silence.

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Vivian Qu

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Vivian Qu

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Cast

Credited cast:
Vicky Chen ... Mia (as Qi Wen)
Meijun Zhou Meijun Zhou ... Wen
Ke Shi Ke Shi ... Attorney Hao
Le Geng ... Meng Tao
Weiwei Liu ... Wen's mother
Jing Peng Jing Peng ... Lily
Yuexin Wang ... Jian
Mengnan Li Mengnan Li ... Lieutenant Wang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bamboo Chu-Sheng Chen ... Motel manager
Xinyue Jiang Xinyue Jiang ... Xin
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In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out.

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

4 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels Wear White See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Official submission of China for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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6.5 Star
27 December 2018 | by foutainoflifeSee all my reviews

This film is about the sexual assault of two preteen girls and the young girl who is the only witness.

This is a look at how one of the preteen girls is treated by family, law enforcement and her legal representation. It is emotionally impactful and I found myself really feeling for this child. Her situation is just sad and her mental state is one of fear, shame and isolation. The situation for the witness is self-serving and I was initially appalled by the unsympathetic emotion of her actions.

This film is well acted and filmed. This was a really slow paced film. I had a few problems with the story and the way it ended. I didn't feel there was enough detail to really make the story strong and I was really missing that. The ending just left me with so many unanswered questions that after building a connection with these girls, I felt let down by not knowing the rest of the story.

My final opinion is that while I liked it, this was a film that could've been so much more than it was.


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