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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Gao Yuanyuan
Li Bin
Yan Anlian
Directors
Wang Xiaoshuai
Screenwriters
Lao Ni
Running Time
121 minutes

Shanghai Dreams
Subtle drama from China, set in the 8os


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Shanghai Dreams

Plot
It is '80s China, and a teenage girl who has grown up all her life in a small town has no desire to follow her father's wishes and relocate to Shanghai (the city of his youth) at the first opportunity. but he will go to great lengths to ensure that she has no roots to tie her - including sabotaging her relationship with a local factory worker.


Verdict
Low-key slice of Sixth Generation realism that raises some interesting points about China's recent economic leap forward, but fails to draw us into the core domestic melodrama.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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