Distributor:  dGenerate Films
Length:  85 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Mandarin / English subtitles
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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No. 89 Shimen Road

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It's the late 1980s, while Xiaoli's teachers talk about China's recovery from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution, another wave of cultural change is already underway.

No. 89 Shimen Road

16 year-old Xiaoli lives in a communal block on Shimen Road, a close-knit neighborhood that no longer exists in Shanghai. It's the late 1980s; while his teachers talk about China's recovery from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution, another wave of cultural change is already underway, as Xiaoli encounters Western businessmen, Coca Cola bottles and other foreign elements on the streets. The allure of new cultures and ideas sweeps through Xiaoli and the two young women closest to him. His best friend Lanmi carouses with foreigners, scandalizing the neighborhood. Lili, an idealistic classmate whom he loves, wants to quit school and join the student democracy demonstrations that have started in Beijing. Xiaoli must decide where his future lies in a world suddenly robbed of stability and innocence.

Building from his acclaimed documentary NOSTALGIA, which commemorated the now-demolished neighborhoods of Shanghai, Shu Haolun's first dramatic feature vividly resurrects the experience of social and cultural awakening in China during the 1980s. Shu weaves a rich tapestry of memory using multiple devices, including still photography, richly textured cinematography, and an elaborately recreated milieu rich with characters.
NO. 89 SHIMEN ROAD not only vividly recalls an era of China's history, but a crisis in values affecting its youth that resonates with the present.

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** NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film, Warsaw International Film Festival
** Pusan International Film Festival
** Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
** Marrakech International Film Festival
** World Film F estival of Bangkok
** Sao Paolo International Film Festival, New Filmmaker Competition
** International Film Festival of Mannheim-Heidelberg
** Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival


Main credits

Shu, Haolun (screenwriter)
Shu, Haolun (film director)
Gestel, Frans van (film producer)
Beker, Jeroen (film producer)

Other credits

Director of photography, Shu Chou; editor, Menno Boerema; music: Xiao He; Produktion: John Zhang.

Distributor credits

A film by SHU Haolun

Docuseek2 subjects

Youth Issues

Distributor subjects

East Asia
dGenerate Films Collection - Narratives


Shanghai; China; Shu Haolun; No. 89 Shimen Road; Nostalgia; 1980s; globalization; "No. 89 Shimen Road"; Icarus Films

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