THREE MORE MUST-SEE MOVIES
Rumored to have run into censorship issues because of its depiction of the Sino-vietnamese War, Youth finally hit cinemas in December after being held up since October. The top box-office hit of the month, the film’s depiction of the Military Cultural Troupe is personal for director Feng Xiaogang and Yan Geling, screenwriter and author of the novel from which the movie is adapted—both spend their youth in the cultural troupe. Moreover, it’s the story of a generation. From the end of the Cultural Revolution, the death of Mao in 1976, the 1978 war, to the dissolution of many cultural troupes, reform and opening-up: This series of historical events reflect the enormous transformation the nation has been through in the past decades. Individuals were inevitably affected—for better or worse.