Young & Restless in China

Young & Restless in China

Director: Sue Williams

Cast: Sue Williams, Ming-Na Wen, Lu Dong, Ben Wu

     
 

The Chinese economy grew at a fantastic rate in the first years of the 21st century, offering new possibilities but also presenting new challenges to its people, and filmmaker Sue Williams offers a portrait of a nation in flux as she chronicles the lives of a handful of people in their twenties and thirties in this documentary. Lu Dong and Ben Wu are two people who… See more details below

Overview

The Chinese economy grew at a fantastic rate in the first years of the 21st century, offering new possibilities but also presenting new challenges to its people, and filmmaker Sue Williams offers a portrait of a nation in flux as she chronicles the lives of a handful of people in their twenties and thirties in this documentary. Lu Dong and Ben Wu are two people who left China seeking greater opportunities and later came home to take advantage of the nation's booming economy, and though both have found success -- Lu founded a clothing company and Ben runs an Internet coffee shop -- they've also discovered how hard it is to keep up in China's newly fast-paced society. Xu Weimin was a student activist during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations of 1989, but he turned his back on politics to become an entrepreneur, opening a chain of hotels while looking after his ailing mother and combative family. Zhang Jingjing is another activist who has become a legal advocate for the homeless, a job that's become especially difficult with a million and a half people in Beijing left with nowhere to live thanks to construction for the 2008 Olympics. Zhang Yao is a doctor who tries to find the time and resources to care for the nearly three-quarters of the Chinese population without health insurance. And Wang Xiaolei is a hip-hop artist whose verses cast a cynical eye on the rise of capitalism in China. Young & Restless in China was aired by PBS as part of the news and public affairs series Frontline.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
UPC:
0795975110532
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Zeitgeist Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
80,677

Special Features

New anamorphic transfer of the theatrical version of the film, created from Hi-Def materials and enhanced for widescreen TVs; ; Original promotional reel, featuring footage not included in the final film; ; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; ; Statement from writer/director; Sue Williams

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ming-Na Wen Narrator
Lu Dong Participant
Ben Wu Participant
Wei Zhanyan Participant
Wang Xiaolei Participant
Zhang Jingjing Participant
Xu Weimin Participant
Zhang Yao Participant
Yang Haiyan Participant
Miranda Hong Participant

Technical Credits
Sue Williams Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Scott Anger Cinematographer
Bestor Cram Cinematographer
Kathryn Dietz Producer
David Fanning Executive Producer
Jason Kao Hiwang Score Composer
Jeremy Leach Cinematographer
Andrew Netboy Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Donahue Sound/Sound Designer
Howard Sharp Editor
Michael Sullivan Executive Producer
Bill Turnley Cinematographer
Judith Vecchione Executive Producer
Wang Xiaolei Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Young & Restless in China
1. A Country of Young People [9:15]
2. Self-Sufficiency [8:45]
3. Tangible Goals [8:49]
4. Approaching Old Traditions [7:43]
5. A Plan for Zhanyan [6:03]
6. Working Tensions [9:53]
7. Navigating Relationship [7:43]
8. Independent Women [7:42]
9. A Sense of Home [7:44]
10. No Village Spared [7:04]
11. Making It Happen [4:48]
12. The New Land of Opportunity [9:22]
13. Still Restless [8:05]
14. End Credits [3:35]

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