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The Blue Kite

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This critically acclaimed award-winner was banned in China for its harshly realistic portrayal of life under Chairman Mao. Following a young boy and his family through the social upheaval of the '50s and '60s, Tian Zhuangzhuang's THE BLUE KITE is an epic look at recent Chinese history and the effect political changes have on personal lives. The film follows young Tietou as he grows up in the midst of the cultural revolution, watching colleagues denounce each other, and neighbors, living under the guise of happy "communal living," spy on one another. One by one, Tietou's family and friends get caught in the violent upheaval until finally the dramatic events engulf Tietou himself.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2222

  • Critic Reviews
    "...Tian demonstrates a rigorous, unsentimental control of the material that becomes very moving..."
    New York Times


    "...A moving, politically frank look at a family torn apart by China's social turmoil of the '50s and '60s..."

    "...THE BLUE KITE is a powerful film.....A tale told with tenderness...Streaked with endearments..."
    Film Comment

    "...Daring politically and quietly shattering emotionally, it tells the truth in such a completely human way..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Extraordinary, a sweep of modern Chinese history seen through the eyes of a single family..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...[A] gutsy cinematic endeavor....Emotionally turbulent..."
    USA Today

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