The Blue Kite

Dir. Tian Zhuangzhuang
1993 | People’s Republic of China | 138 min | PG | 35mm | In Mandarin with English subtitles

Date: Sat 29 October

Time: 8pm

Venue: The Alliance Française

Set in China during Chairman Mao’s regime in the 1950s and 1960s, The Blue Kite conveys the impact of political movements on the family unit. Told through the perspective of a young boy, Tietou, the story portrays the evolution of his family through the course of the Anti-Rightist Movement, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. While Mao Zedong imposes drastic changes in Communist China, different men assume the role of father to Tietou, altering the family’s dynamics and his relationship with his mother.

The overt parallels with Mao’s policies and decisions led to the film being banned in China. The director was also banned from making films for a decade. However, the producers still managed to release the film in countries like Canada and the United States, allowing The Blue Kite to be celebrated internationally. To date, the film is considered one of the great works depicting the harsh realities of China’s history in the period following World War II.

Awards: Tokyo International Film Festival – Won Tokyo Grand Prix and Best Actress