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Please Vote for Me (2007)

Luo Lei , Cheng Cheng , Wiejun Chen  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Luo Lei, Cheng Cheng, Xu Xiaofei
  • Directors: Wiejun Chen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019Z3P5W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Equal parts charmer and expose.....part AMERICAN IDOL and part SURVIVOR --The Washington Post

Must-see! Thought-provoking and achingly hilarious. --Ronnie Schieb, Variety

Brilliant and utterly enjoyable. --Documentary Film Magazine (DOX)

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Two males and a female vie for office, indulging in low blows and spin, character assassination and gestures of goodwill, all the while guaging their standing with voters. The setting is not the Democratic presidential campaign, but a third-grade class at an elementary school in the city of Wuhan in central China. "Please Vote For Me", which is on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences documentary feature shortlist, packs its fleet hour with keen observations. Chroniciling a public school's first open elections - at stake is the position of class monitor - filmmaker Weijun Chen has crafted a witty, engaging macro-lens view of human nature, China's one-child policy and the democratic electorial process as the ultimate exercise in marketing. (Excerpted from Sheri Linden's review in the Hollywood Reporter)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help Know Today's China Better May 1, 2009
By S. Lu
Format:DVD
Director Weijun Chen did a great job in this documentary. The film was about the democracy experiment in a third grade class of one primary school in WuHan, China. I don't know the reasons for Chen to pick WuHan for this documentary. I was told by Chinese friends, WuHan is a relatively conservative city comparing to Bejing or Shanghai. This documentary has quite a few interesting aspects. First, the film truly recorded this democracy experiment did not educate kids about the value of democracy, but was about the process to win the voting. Second, the kids' voting soon became parent's battle. I was amazed to see those tricks that parents taught to their kids. For example, one kid's mother told her kid to boo his competitors after their speeches. Third, debate became personal attacks. I was shocked to see class teacher let these personal attacks go on as normal. The scene seemed like a mini version of culture revolution happened to those kids. At last, bribe. One kids' father is supervisor of police department. He treated the entire class for a city trip. He also prepared gifts for the entire class just before the voting. The film helped me understand today's China better. And, the film was also very entertaining.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Election Fever October 12, 2009
Format:DVD
PLEASE VOTE FOR ME is a short but compelling documentary that looks at a "first-of-its-kind" democratic election at the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China. The class of eight-year old pupils is given the opportunity to vote for one of three teacher-chosen candidates. Two boys and one girl are selected, including current class monitor Luo Lei ("the dictator"), the confident Cheng Cheng ("the manager") and the shy Xu Xiafei ("the gentle one"). There are debates, speeches, even a talent show to help the voters decide. Along the way, there are smear campaigns and backroom dealings galore. The children's parents get heavily involved and we see that Luo and Cheng have some built-in advantages. Cheng's mom is a TV producer who seems well equipped to help her son with his stump speeches. Luo's dad is the police chief who can finagle free class trips on the town's state-of-the-art monorail to benefit his candidate. Meanwhile, Xu is frequently reduced to tears and has only her divorced mom to guide her. Despite mom's sound advice, Xu seems to be a longshot candidate (unless, of course, she can corner the female vote). All of the parents become speechwriters and campaign advisers for their kids. And each of the candidates has two "assistants" he or she can use to take the pulse of the electorate. At the center of it all, the class teacher is a beaming and beatific presence who seems delighted to be given the chance to bring this experiment in democracy into her classroom. Come election day, two candidates, their assistants and their most fervent supporters will, of course, be disappointed. But that's democracy. If you have an hour to spare, you'll be investing it well with PLEASE VOTE FOR ME. You'll be surprised to see how quickly three 8-year-old Communists can learn all the tricks and chicanery we are used to seeing play out within America's supposedly sophisticated political system.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had to own this film March 18, 2009
By Jaime
Format:DVD
I came across this film on netflix and watched it on my computer for the first time. I lived in China teaching English for a year so the film caught my attention. I was absolutely captivated. It's an interesting insight into Chinese education. But also, we see the result of the one child policy - a nation of "little emperors." I had to have this film to share with my students here in America. I only wish it were longer than an hour.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Politics isn't that different for Chinese as it is for Americans - at least in Grade 3

Talk about timing! 2008 is the Olympics in China and the Presidential election in the US. Combining both the fascination with Chinese culture, especially how it is moving into more democracy and western culture, with the concept of a "last man wins" election, Chinese Director Weijun Chen has created a real "nail biter". Which of the three candidates will win in their run for office? Who will bribe the most voters? And who will cheat? Oh, and let's not forget: Who will cry when they are called names.

Yes, this is the story of a real election, but it's not a Presidential one. This is the first free election in Wuhan province and it is for ....... the class monitor of the third grade class at Wuhan Elementary School. With two boys and one girl - chosen by their teacher as candidates - Chen captures the events in real time. We she the parents (or "parent" in the case of the single-parent child) guiding them. But it's interesting to see the tactics that the candidates develop for themselves.

The film is a short 58 minutes and there are no extras (except for the "Trailer" which is nothing more than a compilation of scenes from the film). It's in Mandarin with easy to read English subtitles.

Personally, I'd like to know the "backstory" of this film and how Chen chose to make it but, on its own, this short film will definitely hold your attention and show you that, though we think we're different from other cultures, when it comes to politics we're not that much different, some candidates are just older!

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Makes you think
Great movie. Makes you think.
Published 1 month ago by ziff
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, nice movie, you will love it
The funny thing about China lately is how many decisions are governed by a voting process. This movie is short, interesting, has excellent characters, and shows this process... Read more
Published 8 months ago by W. Eckert
5.0 out of 5 stars Besides being very entertaining, this reveals a lot about common...
The three candidates are very engaging and so much fun to watch as they go through the process of campaigning for class monitor. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Janis Elaine Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Small moves towards democracy in china.
I found this film disturbing, because it illustrates starkly how foreign a concept democracy has become to the chinese. Read more
Published 15 months ago by pipnuts
5.0 out of 5 stars Does Democracy work? Does ANYTHING work in society?
Shows that a movie about PEOPLE first is and will always be better than a souped up Hollywood million dollar movie about NOTHINGNESS, bangs, bright lights, loud music, etc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by hardboiled
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
I enjoyed the movie even though I had to read the English subtitles. My wife is Chinese and could of course understand the Mandarin. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James H. Clem
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh and Cry!
I use this movie for my AP Comparative government class. The kids love it. It starts with a 3rd grade girl being asked what it is to vote. She says "Vote? Read more
Published 18 months ago by Phillip
5.0 out of 5 stars The bossy pretty one who makes his class look good wins.
forget about the indecisive one who looks like she got caught in a tidal wave, all she wants is her mother to kiss her and tell her she looks pretty

the Eric Cartmans... Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by Cleo
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
The vocabulary, enthusiasm, politicking (including dirty tricks), and focus of all the students in this third-grade class, from the three nine/ten-year old Class Monitor candidates... Read more
Published on January 23, 2012 by Loyd E. Eskildson
3.0 out of 5 stars Drama, raw emotion, suspense, and humor
"Please Vote For Me" is an entertaining, engaging, and short documentary about a democratic election in a Chinese elementary school. Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by Tycereom
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