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"Exquisite!" - Tony Rayns, The Film Society of Lincoln Center
"Pure cinema" - Susanna Harutyunyan, FIPRESCI

Along a sleepy Hunan riverside, two delinquent boys experience a summer of love and violence in Yang Heng's visually stunning debut.

Ali and Xiao Yu are two teenage rebels idling away their days along the banks of a river in Jishou, a quiet town in Hunan province. They steal motorbikes, bully and rob kids, sing karaoke and get into fistfights outside the local internet bar. But their rough exterior belies a deeper romanticism, and a tenderness unfolds between them and their teenage loves. As one day bleeds into the next in this impoverished rural setting, it becomes apparent that these sun-baked days of misspent youth will be the wildest, freest time of their lives.

These everyday subjects are transformed by a groundbreaking digital cinematography unlike any other Chinese film. Alternating deep-focus with bold flatness, Yang explores spaces with a mastery that recalls both classical Chinese and modernist landscape painting. Filmed in a summery palette with images that give off an otherworldly glow, BETELNUT offers a one-of-a-kind vision of what it's like to be young, poor and free in China. "Yang is a first-class visual stylist, and BETELNUT is far and away the most exciting debut film I've seen all year." (Michael Sicinski, The University of Houston)

(Hunan Dialect w/ English subtitles)

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  • Directors: Yang Heng
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: dGenerate Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002WTCDPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Nick Liptak on December 16, 2009
Format: DVD
"Exquisite!" - Tony Rayns, Film Comment

"Pure cinema" - Susanna Harutyunyan, FIPRESCI - The International Federation of Film Critics

Along a sleepy Hunan riverside, two delinquent boys experience a summer of love and violence in Yang Heng's visually stunning debut.

Ali and Xiao Yu are two teenage rebels idling away their days along the banks of a river in Jishou, a quiet town in Hunan province. They steal motorbikes, bully and rob kids, sing karaoke, and get into fist fights outside the local Internet bar. But their rough exterior belies a deeper romanticism, and a tenderness unfolds between them and their teenage loves. As one day bleeds into the next in this impoverished rural setting, it becomes apparent that these sun-baked days of misspent youth will be the wildest, freest time of their lives.

These everyday subjects are transformed by groundbreaking digital cinematography unlike any other Chinese film. Alternating deep-focus with bold flatness, Yang explores spaces with a mastery that recalls both classical Chinese and modernist landscape painting. Filmed in a summery palette with images that give off an otherworldly glow, BETELNUT offers a one-of-a-kind vision of what it's like to be young, poor, and free in China. "Yang is a first-class visual stylist, and BETELNUT is far and away the most exciting debut film I've seen all year." (Michael Sicinski, The University of Houston)
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