Zhantai (Platform)
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The political and social changes that swept China during the 1980s are reflected in the lives of a troupe of musicians in this drama from acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke. In 1979, China is beginning to reinvent itself in the wake of the Cultural Revolution, and change is slowly but surely coming to Fenyang, a small town in the Shanxi province. The influences of the West (pop music, longer hair for men, television, privatization) and the adoption of more modern social conventions (birth control, co-habitation, the abandonment of the arranged marriage) begin to slowly manifest themselves… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Awesome filmmaking."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Creates a vivid sense of what it's like to be on the remote fringes of a great state experiment."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Impressive though slow moving epic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"More meaningful to a Chinese audience than an American one."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"Pleasingly ambivalent towards the impact of historical forces on ordinary lives."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC.com
"The play of the proscenium against the filmmaker's taste for unmediated reality is fascinating."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"One of the first masterpieces of the 21st century."
‑ Mark Peranson, Globe and Mail
"A laconic portrait of a remote Chinese city in arrested development."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Comatose is the operative word here."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"With its long, patient scenes, Jia's film captures the sleepy rhythms of this town and the confusion of these young people who are constrained by cultural forces far beyond their ken."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"An intellectually engaging movie."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Tells a specifically Chinese story, and yet it does so in a completely universal way."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"'The Wait Seems Never-Ending,' is how the title song from Platform goes, and the 155-minute film surely tries one's patience, but the end (which does finally come) is almost worth that wait."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"A small masterpiece of exquisitely subtle filmmaking."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film is deadly dull. Tedious."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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