Jiang distinguishes his film with a firm sense of setting, in the early stages of the Cultural Revolution, and an almost playful sense of reflexivity that makes this coming-of-age story genuinely unexpected and exciting.
As Hsien's "The Boys from Fengkuei", Yang's "A Brighter Summer Day" or Sômai's "Typhoon Club", adolescence is a non-factual territory of remembrance where the spirit of the novel is associated with an adventurous detail of narrative, giving us a rigorous and fair formal exercise that seems totally free. And unexpectedly, we discover a teenager drift like any other, under the background of the Cultural Revolution.
Cultural revolution as summertime providence. A coming of age comedy full of slices of life, elliptical memories, movie references, Soviet inspired montage, and fringes of dream logic. Sure to turn any other retelling of the revolution on its head.
while it started out with alot of aesthetic promise, it eventually devolved into a chaotic, incoherent, self-indulgent, male gazey, uncritical glorification of the cultural revolution...w/ pointless and showy formal moves derivative of european arthouse, and toxic masculinity all throughout. Also—the main character was eerily stoic for a teenage boy (possibly sociopathic) and very hard to sympathize with.
Pieza clave en la carrera del director chino Wen Jiang, 'In the Heat of the Sun' nos trae la historia del joven pandillero Ma Xiaojun que por azares del destino se enamora de la hermosa Mi Lan, muchacha mayor que él y de perversa reputación. Film nostálgico y emotivo, alejado del cine de la quinta generación china. Con un guión fresco e ingenioso basado en la aclamada novela 'Wild Beast', de Wang Shuo. Un 'must-see'.