The Blinding Sunlight | Chicago Reader

The Blinding Sunlight

Thanks to recent advances in consumer-grade video, a new wave of politically charged cinema has emerged from mainland China, with enterprising filmmakers (often working clandestinely and with very small crews) creating works of social criticism outside the control of government censors. This independent production by Yu Liu, shot in Beijing with first-time actors, is representative of the ongoing trend. The episodic plot centers on a long-unemployed man who runs an illegal taxi service to supplement the meager financial assistance he receives from the state; when his adolescent son turns to petty crime, it seems like a viable alternative to flailing at an honest living. The simple, deadpan visual style gives this the feel of a live-action comic strip, which befits the movie's blunt anger. In Mandarin with subtitles.

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