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Born in China

Born in China is a movie starring Nanfu Wang, Zaodi Wang, and Zhimei Wang. After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by...

Other Titles
One child Nation, One Child Nation, Το Έθνος του Ενός Παιδιού, Land der Einzelkinder, Polityka jednego dziecka, Ettbarnslandet
Running Time
1 hours 28 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
History, Documentary
Director
Jialing Zhang, Nanfu Wang
Actors
Zhimei Wang, Nanfu Wang, Tunde Wang, Zaodi Wang
Country
USA
Year
2019
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Comments about history «Born in China» (32)

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Judy Jimenez

This documentary is about the creation of the US Navy's first aircraft carrier, the USS Iowa. It tells the story of how the Iowa was built, the team that worked on it, and the famous American aircraft carrier that it was. It's a pretty interesting story, and it gives a good insight into the team behind the design. It's also a good story of how the design was completed, but not without its problems. The film is very well made, and the best thing about it is that it's well-made. The only real problem I had with it was the production quality. The sound is terrible, and the editing is bad. The editing is very bad, because the voice-over narration is cut in the middle of a sequence, making it difficult to follow what's going on. The sound is also very bad. The production quality is also very bad. The only thing I can say good about this film is that it's well-made. The only thing that I didn't like about it was the production quality. The only other problem I had with this film is the production quality. The only other thing I have to say good about it is that it's well-made. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who likes documentaries about the Navy. It's a good documentary about the history of the US Navy, and it's well-made.

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Melissa

Saw the movie, and to tell you the truth I am not a fan of Director Wang's work. I think that the mood and music of a movie can easily ruin the film, and that this one really was not that good. And the characters were really boring, which made the movie feel like one long advertisement for companies that the movie is about. And the execution of this movie is also very dull, with the director only showing his signature old school camera work. You can only really follow this movie with a VHS copy, it will not get you out of it. There was a scene in the movie that was so powerful, I had to read it in English to know what was going on, and I don't think that most people that see this movie will understand that.

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Tiffany Contreras

So let me just say first of all that I saw a good movie. Not a great movie, but a good movie. This movie had two main reasons: the first, of course, was the great acting, by Tsingtao, by Lu, by the rest of the cast, especially by Ji, by Judy. The second reason was the background of China. I never thought it would be so far away, because the image of China in American movies, all in black and white, it would have been so beautiful. But no, that was not the case, in China it was far more beautiful than anything ever seen. Because of this great acting, the movie is as good as one can be. But this movie has more than that, and the characters, they all have a real special quality, as long as you can get close to them, you will be able to see how much they love each other, and the depth of their love, it's amazing. Of course, I will say that I don't know Chinese. I have no idea how the Chinese managed to make a movie like this. But the fact that I did not know Chinese is the main reason I cannot criticize the movie, because it could have been a great one, but it wasn't. I believe that all the time, we see very different movies, and I guess that is one of the reasons it gets so hard to understand movies that are different from each other. But I was too much of a movie buff, I wanted to see every movie, and to be able to tell the difference between a good movie and a great one. In the end, the movie had a great acting, and it had a great background, that I am sure, even if I am not Chinese, I can tell you, it was a great movie. I give it a score of 8/10. If you are able to see it, and not having any sense of where to start or where to end, go for it.

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Bryan Nelson

This is a great documentary, well researched and well executed. This film clearly points out the moral, ethical and legal situation of these Chinese and Japanese who were forced to fight for the 'Greater China'. The documentary exposes the human costs of war, the difficulties of the first few weeks in their new home. The film also documents the many choices that they faced, and the consequences of their choices. The film does an excellent job of demonstrating the horrors of war, but also of showing the general situation of the Chinese and Japanese who had to fight in WW2. The film's authenticity is very high, and it avoids over dramatization, so the viewer can follow the story without much effort. The film does not make claims or claims to truth. It only presents the facts. A very well done documentary, and very well researched. I highly recommend it!

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Judith

American filmmaker Mike Moore does a great job of showing us the American economy in a very unflattering way. He doesn't overdo the Hollywood fun of everything being a success but he does have a lot to say about how life is in this country. There is a lot of great information here. From the mortgage companies going broke, to a funny "class war" that no one gets along with. Moore does an excellent job of making this a fascinating story. You can feel the frustration of the average American as they try to keep up with all the money pouring in. The few that can't just quit and go back to the family business and the anger that results from that as well as the poverty that is prevalent throughout the country. This is a very important documentary that needs to be seen by everyone.

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Maria Peters

If you like documentaries that are based on historical events, or you are interested in Chinese history, then this is a must-see for you. The film focuses on the lives of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and the Republic of China (1911-1946) in an attempt to show what the people of China were like during this time period. It's not a documentary, but it's certainly a very interesting look into China's history. I was surprised to learn that this film was made in English. I don't think I've ever heard of the English speaking countries of China until now. I'm not sure if this is due to the fact that I was born in China or if it was because the English speaking countries of China were always going to be the dominant country. I would have liked to have heard more of the Chinese people's perspectives, but that's just my opinion. I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in Chinese history. It's very interesting and informative.

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Judith J.

I have to say I am a bit surprised that this film was not promoted much. I don't think the "American people" would have seen it in the theaters. I think this is a good film, though it does have a bit of a "B" rating. The story is about the history of the Chinese people. This film does a good job of showing the history of the Chinese people. The story is told from the perspective of the Chinese people. It is an interesting story that I would recommend to anyone. I think the subject matter is something that should be studied by anyone interested in the history of China. The movie is a bit slow at times, but I think it is worth it. I think you would be surprised to see how little you know about the Chinese people. I think this film is very interesting, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Keith Snyder

This is a documentary about a real life event, the Japanese invasion of China during WWII. The film is a mix of interviews with people involved in the invasion, and with people who survived the invasion. The film is narrated by two American survivors, John Travolta and Catherine Keener, and it is based on a book by the same name by Paul H. Zimmerman. The film is very well done, and is an interesting and well told story. It is a great film, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about this event.

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Kimberly

This documentary is great, you get a feel for the kids in China and their lives, it shows the problems faced by the US children, with the difficulties in getting medical attention, and the education of the children in the US. Overall I think it's a great documentary.

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Jose C.

What is the danger of having an American business manager, whom your employees must depend upon and you have to ask your staff to blindly trust? In the case of Airbus, that could be the one and only executive officer. It's all too easy to expect Americans to treat the Chinese well, to lift the difficult burden of international relations, and to give up their responsibilities to be loyal to their bosses in America. This question has been an inescapable in our country. And no matter how much we try to give up the legacy of slavery, we still can't avoid the prejudice of being viewed as stupid, and an inferior race. It's what many Americans still have to do, even if we are the most educated people in the world. This documentary shows that it's not enough to show the benefits of our financial success. It has to be also the reason of it's existence. The story of Airbus, is a very positive story that should be seen and understood by everyone.

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Wayne

What a beautiful film, I've seen it twice and I still find new things in it. The film is in colour, it's very moving and touching, it's a must see.

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Amber Moore

I was born in China, and I am from the west of the country. I've seen many documentaries on China, and it's always made me aware of the unfair treatment of our country. This documentary is very educational, and not at all boring. I think it can be very educational for the students of American Studies and American History to see that their ancestors fought and died for their country. I loved how the director told the story from the Japanese perspective. This documentary is a must-see for American History students.

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Russell Ford

I was very pleased to learn that I had a chance to watch "In Cold Blood" before it was officially released. Having been exposed to the book as a young boy, I can see that the film is authentic and takes into account the book. But as I am a huge fan of the book, I still wanted to see how this film was affected by my not being aware of the novel. Well, it is very different. In the novel the character of Bella is haunted by the ghost of her dead mother, and from that point on, she is very afraid of seeing the man who was her father. In the film, it is not as simple. After her "death" she is still haunted by the ghost of her mother, but is in a much better mood to take up the challenge of killing the man who she has been neglecting for years. Therefore the film, although taking on the book a little differently, is a good film. The only problem with the film is that it is only 84 minutes long. I understand that it is not an option to have a film made in the 90's, but I still wanted to see a film which was faithful to the novel, which is now probably the only way to make a film for that time. It is hard to explain how the film fits in, but it was really a good adaptation. The characters are good, but what makes the film better is the manner in which they die. While the book depicts the deaths very graphically, the film makers stick to the book in a way which makes it appear that they are having a real impact on the story. This makes the film more realistic, even though it does not have the same impact as the book. In conclusion, I think this film is great. I think that I am going to watch it many more times, as it is one of the best of the lot, even though it is not in the same league as "Pulp Fiction" or "The Shawshank Redemption".

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Donald West

China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) was a brutal period of censorship and repression of ideas and freedom of speech. The government instigated propaganda and demonized certain groups, and the rest of the population were forced to do their best to suppress and "purify" their thoughts. The country was still reeling from the Nazi occupation. However, its problems were more complex. Some took it more seriously, but the government, especially its military, were repressed by the bourgeoisie who were corrupt, and a great many others who were too proud to admit that they were afraid. Some things were suppressed (the Nobel Prize), and some things were allowed, but all were so heavily censored that those who opposed the government were taken to the police and they were told that they had to be careful to remain silent. The majority of people took to a new style of poetry, to form an effective antidote to the stifling government of the past. This film is based on the stories of four poets whose poetry was suppressed during the Cultural Revolution. The movie shows the transformation of the poets, through their struggle with the government, the struggle for freedom, and the inspiration of their poetry. It is a brilliant and powerful movie that is very entertaining, and it shows the power of poetry, that is the heart of this film.

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Christian

Facts and figures, many different from each other, from people who knew the war from different perspectives. And the film makes no secret of its own truth. It is, therefore, a compelling film and shows the full scope of what is true of the war. It is also a powerful call to action to be a part of this country and to be a more active, engaged citizen. Especially this election year.

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Randy

This documentary makes a very good point, and it is not too strong, about the United States. The Government is hypocritical, from time to time, and not in a good way. I think that it is very important for the viewer to know that. I think that it is also a very important topic, and should be treated in that way. I really liked the film, and I am looking forward to the next one. I hope that it will give me the confidence to be more critical of American government. The best documentary I have seen in a long time.

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Jennifer K.

I've always enjoyed Chinese film. I've seen a lot of Chinese cinema and this is the best Chinese film I've seen. The film is a collection of 18 short films with a wider variety of subjects than what you'd expect in a Chinese film. It's also very accessible and easy to follow. Many of the films are about historical figures and events in China and the featurettes are great in providing a lot of information about them. I particularly enjoyed the documentaries on the Empress Dowager Cixi and Prince Wu. The films are all very well done, with great music, production and editing. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that the English subtitles aren't quite perfect, but the subtitles do convey the meaning of the film so that's a bonus. Overall, I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who enjoys Chinese film.

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Dennis

The timing was perfect for John F. Kennedy's inauguration and the fact that the film was made in August of 1965, when the protests against the Vietnam War were just beginning to gain momentum, provided a very fitting place for "The Greatest Generation" to make its first appearance. Director Stephen Ambrose, who had previously made the great "U-571" (1969) for the National Geographic Society, rediscovered a treasure in a corner of the U.S. government files. The film was made in 1964 and was a film festival favorite. While the film is based on some of the diaries and newsreels that were made about the Vietnam War, "The Greatest Generation" makes a very convincing case that the antiwar movement was one of the most galvanizing events of American history. Most of the students in the film were students of history and knew that the events they were seeing were just that - that. The characters were well developed and very relatable. I was surprised at how much the film, and the material on the subjects of America's participation in the war, resonated with the students. The film is an excellent movie, which I recommend for anyone interested in American history, especially the United States and its involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Betty

This is a great documentary. I was really impressed by the filming, the quality of the footage and the compelling subject matter. It was a labor of love by an individual who wanted to share his incredible life story. He has done a fantastic job of presenting his own life and of sharing his own memories. He has also offered his wonderful archive of photographs, film and music to the world. You can tell he really loves his country. He also makes you think about things and you can see where the interviews were done. This is one of those films you can show your friends to give them a great insight into a country that we all know about but don't really know about. It is great to hear about the history and to learn about how the government has affected these people's lives and how the people of Burma have managed to turn their life around. Overall, I thought this was a very fascinating documentary and a reminder to what I consider to be a very much misunderstood country.

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Nicholas Weber

I am a great fan of Edward Zwick, but he's only a producer in this documentary, not a director. This doc is supposed to be the untold story of how the May 2nd Movement and what it achieved. The film consists of many interviews and narration, but some of the information is not explained. They include several moments that are supposed to be related, but aren't. This is particularly annoying because a documentary should not be like that, which is why the director may have omitted some information. As a result, I felt as if I were watching the documentary in a different theater. The documentary does have some good moments, but even those are a bit reduced compared to the original version, which is the better version. However, I still have to say that it is a good documentary that I can recommend to my friends. I know that I will be reviewing it with them. But my final verdict is that it is not a great documentary, but it is a good documentary that I can recommend to my friends. I also want to point out that the reason why I don't really like the documentaries in the first place is because they are so simple and straightforward. In this one, they are presented in a lot of detail and with many interviews. If you are really interested in this subject, I recommend that you watch it, even if you don't really care about this subject.

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Richard Price

Although the history of the Australian Aborigines was ignored in the film, the film shows the problems caused by the early settlers. An additional great historical detail is that of the village of Wura at which the famous Wallace and Gromit worked in the film. It was also shown that the Aboriginal population was not one with the population. There was a high number of indigenous people living in the arid and barren country. It was well known that the white man made an effort to relocate the indigenous people. There was a policy of deportation that went on during the early 20th century. The movie has an effect on the audience because it makes them realise that these issues were created by the white man. The movie also shows that the Aboriginal people were very intelligent and a very cultured people, that they were able to make tools for themselves. The movie is a very important one because it shows that the aborigines were not the savages that they were made out to be by the white man.

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Wayne

This movie brought a rare insight into the inner workings of the CIA in the 1930's. It opens with an analysis of how the CIA chose some of its key agents to be assets and enemies in an effort to influence the outcome of the Spanish-American War. They also explain how the CIA tried to manipulate the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor and how the agency used Nazi SS officers and Communists to subvert the Russian Revolution. For example, after a successful coup in Germany, the CIA sent a young Hungarian officer named Marius Kotecki to Vienna to negotiate a truce with the government. The CIA agreed to a peace treaty because it would benefit them financially. The plot goes on like this. It is pretty amazing how the CIA managed to manipulate the other nations to invade, control, and own countries. There is no such thing as a "good" German or "bad" French, Italian, or even Soviet. They were all the same. It is even more amazing how the Soviets were trying to influence a war between them and the US. And the idea that some of the CIA officers were Jewish is truly amazing. It is as if there was a grand conspiracy. I don't know of another movie that showed the true extent of CIA activities. If you like movies that look at the inner workings of the CIA, I strongly recommend this film.

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Wayne

A genuine interview of the painter Wong Kar Wai. It's a rare and interesting view into the mind of an artist who worked at a time when a lot of his countrymen were in debt to the British government, and he, as well as other artists, had to work very hard to earn enough money to pay back. During the time he was very wealthy, and his portraits were paid by the very rich in China. I've been fortunate enough to see many of his paintings, and this film is not only informative, but very entertaining.

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Russell

This documentary follows the lives of people living in China at the turn of the 20th century, many of whom came to the United States after the US had come to China. Their stories, though shocking, are very true and touching. The whole thing is good, but I don't feel that this documentary really gives much insight into Chinese history and culture, except for showing Chinese immigrants to the US, and most importantly, the Chinese who came to the US after World War II. This documentary was made by the German Academy of Sciences, who probably know their history and culture better than I do. So, it's not really about Chinese history and culture, and that's why I find it too superficial. So, this documentary is good, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Laura M.

It has been a long time since I have watched a documentary like this, but still I must say that the whole story is compelling. The first half is about the survivors who lost all their children but survived and the second half is about the children who survived. The good points of this film are: first, the music is absolutely beautiful and very heartfelt. The audience should feel for the whole history of the disaster. The documentary has a few non-believers like myself and even someone that didn't believe in the religion of Jesus. The production values are wonderful, especially the scenes at the great Shrine in the mountains where the survivors are still praying and the children are still praying. The reason why this documentary is so good is that it provides all the information we need to know about the catastrophe. And it shows the human spirit of survival. I recommend it to all the people who need to know the history of the disaster. It is a great piece of history.

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Vincent Armstrong

This is an outstanding documentary, that is a must watch. The stories of the refugees, and their families, are extremely moving, and it is fascinating to see the experiences of the women and the men of the group. The story of the women is particularly touching, as they tell their stories of their struggles. The documentary is also very interesting, as it tells the stories of the refugees, and how they lived in a very harsh environment, with very little to no resources. The documentary has a strong message of hope, and of hope in the face of adversity. The documentaries highlights the incredible strength of the women and the men, and their determination to live a life of dignity, and hope. The documentary is very well done, and it is a must watch.

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Deborah R.

I was raised in the USA and the USA is one of the best countries in the world. I have visited many countries and they are all wonderful. I was very disappointed when I heard that this movie was not a documentary but a movie. I have to say that this movie was very interesting. It was very moving and very good. I was very surprised when I heard that the movie was not a documentary. I thought that it would be a documentary about the history of the United States and how it was founded. I was wrong. The movie was very informative about the United States and the history of the United States. I recommend this movie to everyone. It is a great movie that you will not regret watching.

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Katherine Jensen

I had the opportunity to view a free screening of 'The Film After School Special', that is to say, a film based around a special program, that was a global success. The film was filmed with a team of professional filmmakers and the actors were selected through a virtual lottery system. The film shows the many positive effects of this program on the students and their families. The film is a little different than other films in that it does not go into detail about the program, but the underlying themes of the film are many. It is made clear that this is an inspirational program that had positive effects on the students and their families. This film will give you hope and motivation for the future of education. It will also give you an understanding of how a program like this can be successful on such a large scale and what other programs are trying to achieve. I highly recommend this film and I urge everyone to watch it. The film was made in 2015, but the subjects are timeless and will continue to be relevant to every child, and their families, and the world.

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Sara A.

I just watched this and I think it is an amazing documentary. It tells us the true story of the 'Killers', one of the most gruesome of all history's most popular sport. Although this movie does not focus on the actual sport, it is still very good. The only things I don't like about it are the outdated moments, but these are very small things compared to the rest of the movie. One of the most interesting parts is the interview of Michael, the killer. The other question is 'What would you do if you had the chance?' (if you like sport, go and watch this documentary).

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Christian W.

I'm sure many of you have heard about the movie "The Thin Red Line" which was released in 1997. The movie is about the battle of Panipat in Vietnam in 1967. The movie was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. I was lucky enough to see this movie on the big screen and I have to say I was impressed. I loved the way the movie was shot. It was like a documentary. The movie was made for a very small budget but it shows. The acting was good. I also liked the way the movie was made. It was very artistic. It was very well made. The movie was shot in Vietnam and it shows how the people there were living in that environment. The movie was very well made and I recommend it to anyone who loves war movies.

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Brenda

This documentary is about the first day of the 1965 Chinese revolution, and the work of the British consul, Lord Brougham, to find a willing Chinese revolutionary, and to bring him to London. The documentary is divided into three parts: The first part covers the first day of the revolution, and the second part covers the last day. The third part covers the fall of the regime. It was a good documentary, and worth watching. I enjoyed the interviews with the British consul and with the Chinese revolutionaries. I also enjoyed the Chinese leader's answers to questions about his life and work. I also enjoyed the British interviews with the Chinese leaders, and the interviews with the British consul. I think that the documentary was well done. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Chinese revolution.

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Patricia H.

This is a film that is worth watching for the story, and for the great visuals. It is also worth watching for the great music by the great John Williams. It is one of those films that will stand the test of time and will be considered one of the greatest films of all time. The movie is about the life of the Dalai Lama, and the way that he is treated by the Chinese government. The story is very powerful and is very emotional. The film is very well done, and the visuals are great. The music is great, and the film is worth watching. It is a great movie that should be seen.