Dir. Tian Zhuangzhuang
1993 | People’s Republic of China | 138 min | PG | 35mm | In Mandarin with English subtitles
Date: Sat 29 October
Venue: The Alliance Française
The overt parallels with Mao’s policies and decisions led to the film being banned in China. The director was also banned from making films for a decade. However, the producers still managed to release the film in countries like Canada and the United States, allowing The Blue Kite to be celebrated internationally. To date, the film is considered one of the great works depicting the harsh realities of China’s history in the period following World War II.
Awards: Tokyo International Film Festival – Won Tokyo Grand Prix and Best Actress