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Electric Shadows

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From one of China's newest cinematic voices comes a charming tale set into motion by a disasterous encounter when 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. In its pages he reads of a little girl's passion for the movies, which re-ignites his own longing for the days when the cinema enchantered China's masses, and audiences breathed and dreamed as one.


Studio First Run Features
SKU 202546176
UPC 720229912204
UPC 14 00720229912204
Format DVD
Release Date 11/11/2008
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Jiang,Xiao
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Haibin Li - Actor
Hong Chen - Cinematographer
Jinbao Zhao - Actor
John Sham - Executive Producer
Lien Yang - Cinematographer
Lin Zhao - Original Music By
Qin Lei - Editor
Qingsong Cheng - Writer
Tung-Shing Yee - Producer
Xiao Jiang - Writer
Xiao Jiang - Director
Yu Xia - Actor
Zhongyang Qi - Actor
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review Save for an overly complex framing narrative that skirts the line of melodramatic self-parody, Electric Shadows would stand with the best contemporary Chinese films...a more conventional, if particularly miserable, coming-of-age tale set plaintively against the backdrop of the Cultural Revolution. There's too much exposition late in the film and the duelling voice-over narrations are bothersome, yet child actors' performances during the long mid-section resonate.
Reviewer Adam Nayman
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review ...sensational performance of little Wang Zhengjia as a snot-nosed, delinquent abuse-magnet our heroine befriends. He doesn't last long enough in Xiao's frothy tale, which goes oddly tragic without him. Electric Shadows is committed to movies-as-escape swoonery, but the script's late disasters are also predicated on cinema and filmgoing, suggesting an ambivalence the rest of the film seems oblivious to. For every privileged moment (mother and daughter dancing in a yard of screen-like sheets hanging in the breeze), there's a death or sociopathic act that says movies can ruin your life.
Reviewer Michael Atkinson
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Jiang,Xiao
Label First Run Feature
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Derek Elley, Variety ...lifted by likable performances, good-looking production values...
The Hollywood Reporter Lovely, elegant!
The New York Times Enthralling!
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