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Black Snow [DVD]

Jiang Wen , Yue Hong , Xie Fei    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Jiang Wen, Yue Hong, Cheng Lin
  • Directors: Xie Fei
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Run DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002ZQX054
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,255 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Winner of the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1990, Xei Fei s film is a politically daring tale of urban alienation and despair. A former prisoner arrives back in his native Beijing to find that he has no family or prospects or friends, just his underworld contacts trying to drag him back into a life of crime ... Black Snow emerges as a powerful study of displacement. It takes place at the shattering juncture of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and vividly captures the social impact of potential political change at that time.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Chinese ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Winner of the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1990, Xei Fei's film is a politically daring tale of urban alienation and despair. A former prisoner played by the great Chinese actor Jiang Wen, arrives back in his native Beijing to find that he has no family or prospects or friends, just his underworld contacts trying to drag him back into a life of crime... Taking the classic crime thriller 'hook' - ex-con struggling to go straight - Black Snow emerges as a powerful study of displacement. It takes place at the shattering juncture of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and vividly captures the social impact of potential political change at that time. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...Black Snow ( Ben ming nian )

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Revolution in Eighties Beijing 6 Sep 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Fourth Generation of Chinese filmmakers have never really got the attention they deserve, certainly not in comparison to the likes of the Fifth Generation directors Chen Kaige or Zhang Yimou (Xie Fei in an interview here hints that circumstances dictated that the Fourth Generation really just became teachers for the Fifth and Sixth), but the period they lived in and worked under during the Cultural Revolution is nonetheless an important and fascinating one. Necessarily having to operate under stricter times and censorship, Xie Fei still manages to find a simple but effective way in Black Snow to express how the deep social changes affected ordinary Chinese people in the 1980s.

The film, which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival back in 1990, deals with the story of a young man, Quanzi, who has just returned to Beijing after three years in prison for his part in a violent street crime incident. He tries to find a way to fit back into life, but times have changed and his friends have moved on, been killed or arrested, leaving him feeling a bit of an outsider. There's a younger generation now, fascinated by western clothes and pop music, a window of opportunity for the enterprising, mainly criminal, businessman. Quanzi starts selling counterfeit goods from a stall and even finds himself working as protection for a young up-and-coming singer at the local bar, but it's clear that he doesn't fit in with the interests of modern youth, and the danger of the lure of his violent past is always present.
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