• 2002
  • China
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jia Zhang-ke

Shot without the consent of the authorities, this melancholy epic from writer-director Zhang-ke examines the cultural and social changes that swept through China during the 1980s after the death of Chairman Mao. A group of young people who are members of a performance troupe in a dingy provincial town help stage Maoist propaganda tracts. Shorn of state funds, however, and influenced by the newly available commercial sounds emanating from Hong Kong and Taiwan, the group renames itself the 'All Star Rock and Breakdance Band', and embarks on a series of provincial tours to spread the pop gospel. Platform occasionally feels overly detached and elliptical, yet it's also pleasingly ambivalent towards the impact of historical forces on ordinary lives.

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