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Youth (2017)

Fang hua (original title)
A look at the lives of members of a Military Cultural Troupe in the 1970s.

Director:

Xiaogang Feng

Writer:

Geling Yan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Xuan Huang ... Feng Liu
Miao Miao Miao Miao ... Xiaoping He
Caiyu Yang Caiyu Yang ... Dingding Lin
Elane Zhong ... Suizi (as Zhong Chuxi)
Xiaofeng Li Xiaofeng Li ... Shuwen Hao (as Li Xiaofeng)
TianChen Wang TianChen Wang ... Can Chen
Yan Su ... Dance Instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pan Luo Pan Luo ... Xiaoping's Father (voice)
Yuan Sui Yuan Sui ... Drolma
Hai Tao Hai Tao
Keru Wang Keru Wang ... Xiao Ba Lei
Guoli Zhang ... Plasterer
Renbo Zhang Renbo Zhang ... Zhu Ke
Lixin Zhao ... Political commissar
Fang Zhou Fang Zhou ... Head nurse
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Storyline

A look at the lives of members of a Military Cultural Troupe in the 1970s.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Youth See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$338,604, 17 December 2017

Gross USA:

$1,891,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$227,091,290
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 | DTS (DTS-X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A Sentimental Period Drama of Modern China
26 December 2017 | by wc1234567See all my reviews

Youth is the latest work by Xiaogang Feng, a well-known Chinese Director with many domestic box office success and ambitious effort to make serious movies. The screen play was written by the talented writer Geling Yan, whose life trajectory closely paralleled with the story line. Both Feng and Yan shared the experience of living and working in the Military Cultural Troupe, a special unit serving the Military with 'artful' performances but later largely disassembled as the Chinese society moved to market economy in 1980s. The majority of the stories in the movie occurred from mid-70s to early-80s, which marks a historically critical period of modern China and the youthful years of a generation who are around 60 years old now.

The well crafted production settings, costumes and makeups immediately reset the clock for 40 years and bring you to the late stage of Culture Revolution. The signature dance moves, songs, body gestures, and use of words strongly evoke one's memory of that time; such rich cultural message unfortunately may be lost to western audiences. The nostalgic sentiment has overpowered many (millions) Chinese viewers for sure. In a sense, it was the Age of Innocence when the youths were largely shielded from dating and selfish motives. However, as the plot developed, conflict arose, things got escalated and people's fate changed. The movie is unpolitical and intends to tell the story of a group of regular young people limited by their historical environment. Most of the female leads are new faces on screen, whose performance was refreshing and enjoyable.

Overall, the cinematography was done in a lively manner with nicely coordinated music scores. The movie was told from a young lady's perspective, thus may feel a bit on the feminine side for some. To me, it is beautifully done and quite an achievement.


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