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YOUTH 《芳华》

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.

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