Electric Shadows (Meng ying tong nian)
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Electric Shadows (Meng ying tong nian)
The beauty and tragedies of China's history are reflected in the lives of a handful of film fans in this historical drama. Mao Dabing (Xia Yu) is a delivery man working in a small village in rural China during the latter days of the Cultural Revolution. Mao is a movie fan who lives for the periodic outdoor screenings held in the town square, but he meets a bigger buff one day when, after he has an accident on his bicycle, he's assaulted by Ling-Ling (Qi Zhongyang), a cute but overly excitable young woman. After she's arrested, Ling-Ling gives the keys to her apartment to Mao and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"Strip away the silly ideology of the old films, and Electric Shadows could be any movie buff's tale. It's the memory movie of our own mind, in English, Mandarin or whatever language the local Bijou screened them in."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This fanciful Chinese tearjerker wants to be an Asian Cinema Paradiso but doesnt quite live up to its prototype."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Chinese filmmaker Xiao Jiang makes an impressive debut with an extended flashback about two cinema-crazed kids coming of age amid the communist revolution of the early 1970s."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"A touching, deeply evocative love letter to the history of Chinese cinema."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Debuting writer-director Xiao Jiang shows she has the makings of a quality mainstream filmmaker."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"For every privileged moment (mother and daughter dancing in a yard of screen-like sheets hanging in the breeze), there's a death or sociopathic act that says movies can ruin your life."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Like a Chinese version of The Notebook, every bit as sappy and shameless, only with crazier ingredients and 10 percent less saturated sentimentalism."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Dreamy lighting, soft colors and lilting music mix with an agreeable cast."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"In an astonishingly accomplished first feature, female filmmaker Xiao Jiang puts an entirely different face on China's Cultural Revolution."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Xiao's bittersweet film is superficially a swoony love letter to the cinema. But her valentine has a hidden sting, rooted in some hard truths."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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