The Blue Kite

The Blue Kite

Feb. 02, 1994140 Min.
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Tian Yi isTietou as an infant
Tietou as an infant
Wenyao Zhang isTietou as a child
Tietou as a child
Xiaoman Chen isTietou as a teenager
Tietou as a teenager
Liping Lü isChen Shujuan
Chen Shujuan
Bin Li isGranny


On Dry Well Lane in Beijing in 1953, Chen Shujuan and Lin Shaolong marry. A year later their son, nicknamed Tietou (Iron Head), is born. The Party is everywhere: Mao’s photograph, loud-speaker announcements, visits from the neighborhood committee. Shaolong dies in a reform camp; a close family friend, who protects Shujuan and her son partly out of guilt for lying to authorities about Shaolong, succumbs to malnutrition; a confrontation with the Red Guard leads to injury, imprisonment and death. Shujuan’s love for Tietou sustains her, and the child’s blue kite embodies hope: “I can make another for you,” says Tietou’s dad; by the end, Tietou promises this to a small child.

The Blue Kite
Original title蓝风筝
TMDb Rating7.4 11 votes

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