on 23 January 2009
Red Cherry is really a slice of a biography of the lives of two Chinese adolescents. There is no real plot - they do not overcome anything by their efforts, solve any mystery, etc. There is no happy ending as they ride off into the sunset.
Still, this is a captivating movie showing both the cruelty of some men and the inner drive for survival of the victims. When it ends, you will not feel like it has been two hours since the movie began. Nobody would feel like they wasted their time watching this movie.
For those sensitive to such things, there are a few scenes that contain children, both boys and girls (but not together), totally naked. It is NOT, in any way, erotic, however. But it does give a sense of other culture's relaxed attitudes toward nakedness in contrast to typical American attitudes.
If you are trying to decide if you should buy the DVD, I wholeheartedly say, get it. Nobody I've shown it to has regretted seeing Red Cherry.
on 28 September 2010
A beautifully enthralling film that draws one in more and more as it progresses. After overcoming one major upheaval, the new found happiness of the main characters is once more shattered when war breaks out and their new homeland is invaded.
A very emotional film at times, it is a story that highlights how total power is often abused by those that hold it and how they inflict their distorted ideals on those less fortunately placed than themselves.
All in all, a very good film with a very capable cast and a refreshing change from the usual Hollywood depiction of war and atrocity. The subject matter is presented without the customary American blood and guts all over the screen but still portrays the fears and hatred of the conquered masses. I would recommend this film to anyone, a worthy 5 star rating.