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Electric Shadows (English Subtitled)

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4.5 out of 5 stars (33) IMDb 7.6/10

Diisastrous encounter: delivery man Dabing crashes his bike into the mysterious Ling Ling. From her hospital bed, Ling Ling asks Dabing to go to her home and feed her fish; while there, Dabing discovers an astonishing diary.

Starring:
Yu Xia, Haibin Li
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Jiang Xiao
Starring Yu Xia, Haibin Li
Supporting actors Yijing Zhang, Zhongyang Qi, Zhengjia Wang, Haogi Zhang, Yuquing Xia, Shan Jiang, Zhenhua, Yang Liu, Jinbao Zhao, Xiaotong Guan, Hongbo Jiang
Studio First Run Features
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Jiang Xiao's feature debt film `Electric Shadows' requires a bit of suspension of disbelief - slightly patchy script needs polishing up, having more than one unbelievable coincidences - but her sincere attitudes toward the film's material are no doubt genuine, and I promise this emotional film ultimately delivers.

`Electric Shadows' employs a very familiar storytelling device, reading of someone's journal. The time is set in modern Beijing, where an avid moviegoer Mao Dabing encounters a mentally disturbed girl in a most bizarre way. That is, she hits him in the head with a brick, and while being questioned about her motives for doing that by the police, she entrusts Mao with the key to her room.

You have to believe this incredible introductory part because it is in her room (or diary) that the real story begins. In the following flashbacks, the film goes back to the year 1971 when a young beautiful woman dreaming of becoming a movie star in a rural Chinese town unexpectedly gets pregnant, and gives birth to a girl named Ling Ling.

The film really gets underway when it depicts the life of little girl Ling Ling, whose life is surrounded by the world of cinema. Ling Ling is often taken care of by the kind middle-aged projectionist (here is an echo from `Cinema Paradiso'), who manages the screening of films in the community's vacant lot. Ling Ling also establishes friendship with a boy newly arrived, and all these episodes are told beautifully against the backdrop of the history of modern-day China.
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This charming and unusual Chinese film celebrates the history of Chinese cinema. I found the story universally compelling--how two young children overcome unhappiness in their childhood years through their shared love of movies. Although the film depicts some of China's political struggles from the 1960s and 70s, many of the children's conflicts are universal. They must overcome bullying, jealousy, an abusive parent, and family tragedy.

This film will appeal to anyone who loves movies.

The cast is superb and the children really give especially amazing and affecting performances.

Hats off to the first-time director, Xiao Jiang. She handles her cast and material very well, drawing out sensitive performances. I could believe in these characters.
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This is a story that starts off about a woman who became a single mother who gave birth to a little girl when she, herself, would have liked to become a super star. The setting takes place after the revolutionary war in China, when communism had a culture that was not very understanding of unwed mothers. However, it was also a period when the culture was also going through changes and movies were becoming a popular past time instead of radios. The main characters of this story is much more about the daughter and her relationship with everyone around her, including a boy she befriended. The movie starts off in present day China, but then takes you back in time to explain how things led to the present day. You get to see the evolution of China (radios to movies to televisions) and this young girl who one day becomes a woman, and how she was developed by the moving picture history that surrounds her. The title Electric Shadows is consistent with the theme throughout the movie, which was the moving images powered by electricity (electric shadows on the screen).
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This is a well-written and very touching story. The acting is superb. The plot is representative of the many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle gradually put together. What pieces seemingly were unrelated come together to paint themes of regret, tragedy, love, concern, loneliness, shattered dreams.I intend to watch this movie again in case I missed something the first time. The English subtitles are not a distraction. The moving frames say it all.​
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Wow - I started with low expectations but came away impressed. The acting is really superb.

Kudos to the casting folks for finding such fine talent.

You really get a sense of what it was like growing up in Communist China and I can understand why movies, and later, televisions, became so popular.

A time portal and compelling film at the same time.

Enjoy!
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This is a wonderful movie. Ling Ling's story is captivating as a child and a young lady. Told thru Ling Ling's diary. It will be hard not to cry toward the end. The childhood innocence is well told. The tragedy is unexpected, handled very well. Ling Ling as a child isn't perfect, but I fell in love with her and stayed in love with her as she grows up. The ending is perfect.
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Not since "Together" have I seen another emotionally compelling

film from China about the relationship between parents and

children. This one is a winner in my book. I would prefer not to talk about the plot but say that I found emotionally true the

struggles of a girl growing up without a father and using

a substitute - in this case a film fantasy about a father. The child's relationship with a troubled boy her own age, her younger brother who displaces her as the favoritge, her

mother who is herself conflicted about parenthood, and a usually kind stepfather pull on the heartstrings. I recommend this movie without reservations.
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