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Looking Up (2019) ~ Xilun Sun, Zeang Feng
20. Jul 2019 at 17:24
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Mandarin with English subtitles

A new film from China's popular Deng Chao, Looking Up (Yin He Bu Xi Ban) is a father and son story that calls into question the constant pressure on children to be high-achieving, as Deng's character reflects on his childhood in which his father clashed with the exam-oriented school system and eventually started homeschooling him. While this is about China's system, high-stakes testing is also familiar to Western audiences and a lot of the critiques of 'meritocracy' should resonate. The film has also been released in the U.S.

The son is played by Zeang Feng in early childhood and Xilun Sun as a tween.

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The trailer looks a bit over the top in terms of the dialogue, but it could be that some nuance gets lost in translation.

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English-language Chinese review here:
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I was trying to add the photo from this page, but it wasn't working, maybe too large of a file?
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Re: Looking Up (2019) ~ Xilun Sun, Zeang Feng
Reply #1 - 21. Jul 2019 at 01:04
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Looks interesting - thanks! I'll definitely get it if/when it comes out on blu-ray or DVD.

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Re: Looking Up (2019) ~ Xilun Sun, Zeang Feng
Reply #2 - 21. Jul 2019 at 15:24
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Thanks! Here is the  image I couldn't get uploaded, I just took a screenshot instead.

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Re: Looking Up (2019) ~ Xilun Sun, Zeang Feng
Reply #3 - 01. Aug 2019 at 05:24
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Thank you. Looks like a must watch. I love films that challenge the 'system', particularly in authoritarian countries. Seems to be rather brave of the film makers.
  
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Re: Looking Up (2019) ~ Xilun Sun, Zeang Feng
Reply #4 - 05. Aug 2019 at 16:43
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China is making some changes to the education system. The government is recognizing that the strict test-driven approach has created emotional and social problems for students and could be responsible for health issues like obesity. So they are starting to shift to having more arts, recess, etc. In countries like Japan and South Korea there is an epidemic of suicides for young people due to the pressure of exams and cram schools. Hopefully messages like this movie can start to change the conversation there as well.
  
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