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Lan Fengzeng

Fortnight 1993, Feature film, 2 h 18


At once a family drama and a coming-of-age story that spans the years 1949 to 1967, the film tells how thirteen-year-old Tietou (“Iron Head”) is raised by his young mother, Chen Shujuan, who has had three marriages. A primary school teacher, Chen first marries a librarian who is later branded a rightist and sent to a “reform camp” where he dies from an accident. His colleague, Li Guodong, who unwilling informed on him, marries Chen out of guilt. But soon after the marriage, he also dies from weak health, the result of a widespread famine across the country in the late Fifties. Chen once again remarries, this time to a government official who also meets his fate at the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution in 1966…


Tian Zhuangzhuang

He studied cinema; his first work had great success but was immediatly censored. He is one of the leaders of the fifth generation. La Fengzhen is his seventh feature film, censored in China. The post-production was completed in Hong Kong.

Chen Xiaoman
Guo Baochang
Li Xuejian Pu Chuanxin
Lu Liping
Song Xiaoying
Yi Tian
Zhang Wenyao
Zhong Ping

Xiao Mao

Hou Yong

Wu Ling

Qian Lengleng

Otomo Yoshihide

Set decoration
Zhang Xiande

PRODUCTION : Longwick Production International Ltd VENTE A L’ETRANGER : Fortissimo Film Sales

Title in Original Version : Le Cerf-Volant Bleu / The Blue Kite