Kang Shang Qu Hen Mei

Little Red Flowers

(China/Italy, 2005, 91 minutes)

A four-year-old is sent by his parents to a boarding pre-school where he unwittingly becomes the black sheep of his class. Amiable but lightweight kids’ movie whose careful visuals and flimsy plot frame a rebellious subtext about individuality and conformism, performed by a superb mostly all-children cast.

A Fortissimo Films/Film Bureau State Administration of Radio Film & TV presentation. Downtown Pictures, in association with RAI Cinema and Istituto Luce, present a Li Bolun/Allen Chan/Yao Lifeng presentation of a Beijing Century Good Tidings Cultural Development/Huakon Entertainment/CITIC Culture and Sports Enterprises/Downtown Pictures/RAI Cinema/Istituto Luce production. Starring Dong Bowen, Ning Yuanyuan, Chen Manyuan, Zhao Rui, Li Xiaofeng. Directed by Zhang Yuan; produced by Zhang Yuan, Marco Mueller; screenplay by Ning Dai, Zhang Yuan, based on the novel by Wang Shuo, Kang Shang Qu Hen Mei; music by Carlo Crivelli; director of photography (Beijing Film & Video Laboratory), Yang Tao; production designer, Huo Tingxiao; costumes, Huang Baorong; film editor, Jacopo Quadri.


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