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      Electric Shadows

      2004 1h 39m Drama List
      75% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 84% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Two children escape reality through cinema as China's cultural revolution rages. Read More Read Less

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      Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel Strip away the silly ideology of the old films, and Electric Shadows could be any movie buff's tale. It's the memory movie of our own mind, in English, Mandarin or whatever language the local Bijou screened them in. Rated: 4/5 Jun 23, 2006 Full Review Derek Elley Variety Debuting writer-director Xiao Jiang shows she has the makings of a quality mainstream filmmaker. Dec 16, 2005 Full Review V.A. Musetto New York Post Dreamy lighting, soft colors and lilting music mix with an agreeable cast. Rated: 3/4 Dec 16, 2005 Full Review Susan Wloszczyna AWFJ.org Xiao Jiang’s 2004 feature debut Electric Shadows is akin to Italy’s 1989’s Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso as it focuses on how a makeshift outdoor theater brings together a village of cinema lovers. Sep 8, 2022 Full Review Dorothy Woodend The Tyee (British Columbia) Director Xiao Jiang has a easy way with the proceedings in the beginning of the movie, but the film loses its way in the latter half when Ling Ling's mother marries Pan (Li Haibin), the guy who runs the local cinema. Aug 24, 2017 Full Review Maria Garcia Film Journal International In an astonishingly accomplished first feature, female filmmaker Xiao Jiang puts an entirely different face on China's Cultural Revolution. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member If I knew Chinese would have probably liked better. But I found it an interesting film. Makes one think about why persons respond the way they do, often not even in their best interests. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Carefully woven plot... I liked every moment of this movie although I would have chosen a different direction for the ending Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member chinese cinema paradiso? not quite. it has fhe same awesome formula but executed poorly with rather predictable plot. still a great entertainment tho. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Just wonderful, very very sweet. Yu Xia reminds me of an old friend of mine. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I love this movie. This is Chinese Cinema Paradiso. Sappy and sentimental yes, but this is Asian drama. This is Asian drama at it's great. It's a beautiful movie and deserving of the 80% number. I recommend highly... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Nostalgic, sweet, yet tragic story about how a woman, her daughter, and the boys and men in their lives are comforted by movies and buffeted by fate. Not exactly a Chinese "Cinema Paradisio", but similar in its love for film and its yearning for a lost innocence. Many reviewers have pointed out that the story rests upon a number of incredible coincidences; I think that this is intentional and is meant to echo the contrivances of the old movies the characters embrace. Well acted (especially the kids) well directed, and beautifully photographed. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Two children escape reality through cinema as China's cultural revolution rages.
      Director
      Jiang Xiao
      Producer
      Tung-Shing Yee
      Screenwriter
      Qingsong Cheng, Jiang Ziao
      Production Co
      Beijing Dadi Century Limited
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Chinese
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 11, 2020
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $7.1K
      Runtime
      1h 39m