Electric Shadows (Meng ying tong nian)
Electric Shadows (Meng ying tong nian) (2005)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 25, 2006
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

This fanciful Chinese tearjerker wants to be an Asian Cinema Paradiso but doesnt quite live up to its prototype.

Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

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.

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Derek Elley
Variety

Debuting writer-director Xiao Jiang shows she has the makings of a quality mainstream filmmaker.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Like a Chinese version of The Notebook, every bit as sappy and shameless, only with crazier ingredients and 10 percent less saturated sentimentalism.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Dreamy lighting, soft colors and lilting music mix with an agreeable cast.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

In an astonishingly accomplished first feature, female filmmaker Xiao Jiang puts an entirely different face on China's Cultural Revolution.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Sort of a Chinese <i>Cinema Paradiso</i>. Sentimental and compelling.
Alice Shen
The main character's name isn't Mao Dabing. It's still Mao Xiaobing. "Xiao" means "little" and "da" means… More
alan jay
touching slow paced drama that takes time to unfold. Beautifully photographed, and a special film with an interesting story. My only complaint is that the… More

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