The Blue Kite

  |  Book Tickets: 03/02/2011
  |  138 min
Rated 12 by the BBFC
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Banned in China, this critically acclaimed film about one ordinary woman's life through the rise of Mao and the horrors of the Cultural Revolution has won awards at the Tokyo, Chicago and Singapore Film Festivals. It begins in 1957, the year that Chairman Mao initiated his 'Rectification Movement' to cleanse the Communist Party of dissidents, and follows political events through to 1967 - the bloody rebellious early years of the Cultural Revolution. The action is observed through the eyes of a child, Tietou. At the the start of the film Tietou's mother, Shujuan, is a faithful Party member, but by the end of the film Tietou is a virtual orphan, his mother having been taken away by the Red Guard for defending her third husband.