About

The movie is set in the remote chinese province of Fenyang, and spans the turbulent 1980s by following four performers in the state-run Peasant Culture Group. We see the group evolve from workers that are restricted to approved revolutionary classics that praise Chairman Mao, through performance of western classics, after china adopts an 'open door' policy, and the effects on their lives.

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Directed by

Jia Zhangke

Written by

Jia Zhangke (Writer)

Runtime

150 minutes

Country

China

Language

Mandarin

Cast

Keywords

1980s china cultural revolution theatre group maoism

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#454 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

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