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26th Singapore International Film Festival

A Young Patriot
少年小赵

Opening Date
29 Nov 2015
Rating
PG13 -
Runtime
106 mins
Language
Mandarin - subtitles to be advised
Genre
To Be Advised
Director
Du Haibin
Cast
N/A
Synopsis
Zhao Chantong, a 19 year-old from Pingyao, Shanxi Province, is a flag-waving patriot with youthful naivety and explosive ideological motivations. His penchant for wearing old military garb is matched by his zealous admiration for Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party.

The film follows Chantong over a period of five years, intimately tracking the changes to his ideological mindset. Entering university and through a series of encounters, he starts to comprehend the workings of the reality surrounding him. We witness the fluctuations to his youthful convictions and a rising complexity leading to frustration and confusion. A Young Patriotdoubles as a coming-of-age tale of one man’s existential crisis, and an observational account of a developing modern China which ultimately poses the question: Is patriotism even possible in such conditions?

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