The Blue Kite

The Blue Kite is a 1993 drama directed by Zhuangahuang Tian. Banned by the Chinese government for its content, the film reveals the impact that various political movements – including the Anti-Rightist Movement and the Cultural Revolution – had on directors in the 1950s and 1960s. However, the film soon found a receptive international audience. The story is told from the perspective of a young boy (Tietou) who is growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Beijing, who experiences the changing impact of patriarchal figures in his family during three episodes: the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.

About Chiaroscuro
The Chiaroscuro International Film Series showcases international films to audiences in West Michigan. The annual film series brings an array of global subjects, in a relevant and themed format, to highlight the cultural, social and political differences around the world. The series is educational, entertaining and engaging, giving audiences the opportunity to learn about other countries through film showings and also through conversation with speakers who are knowledgeable of the subject matter, culture, and/or filmmaking process.


Date: February 23 2013—February 24 2013
Time: 2:30 PM
Cost: Free

Directed By: Zhuangzhuang Tian
Run Time: 140 minutes
Origin: China | Hong Kong
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Year: 1993
Languages: Mandarin (with English subtitles)

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