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People's Republic of Desire

As an entire generation has come of age on social media, virtual relationships are slowly replacing real-life human connections. And China has taken it to an extreme. Here, live streaming has become the most popular online entertainment for hundreds of millions. People's Republic of Desire provides a vérité journey into this digital universe, where young performers earn as much as US$150,000 a month singing, dancing or doing talk shows to live, interactive audiences of tens of thousands. Their fans include China's super rich, who each night lavish virtual gifts on their favorite performers (40% of the money paid for these gifts go to the performers), and the dirt poor, many of them migrant workers in urban areas searching for a cheap way to be entertained, to feel connected. The film follows three young characters - a singer, a comedian, and a migrant worker - as they search for fame, fortune and human connection in live streaming. We also meet their families, those managing the online talents, and those with money who control the fate of these talents, behind the scenes much like the Wizard of Oz. The story culminates in the bizarre annual online idol competition, in which the rich can buy unlimited amount of votes for their favorite performers. There our characters realize that money alone pulls the strings in this virtual universe, and human connection and personal happiness remain as illusive online as-perhaps even more so than- in our real and broken world.

Other Titles
Ihaluse rahvavabariik, Wirtualna Republika Ludowa
Running Time
1 hours 35 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Hao Wu
Country
China
Year
2018
Audio Languages
日本語, اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
Japanese, اللغة_العربية, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «People's Republic of Desire» (14)

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Donna

The film's introduction is reminiscent of similar documentaries done on the AIDS crisis in the United States, and the cultural and political context is just as relevant today as it was in the 1980s. But if you can find it, watch it. You won't regret it.

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Mary

The Russians were always the master of military and propaganda films, but their influence is waning. The most recent propaganda film was 'The Russians are Coming' which was produced in the same year as 'Hostage'. A typical Russian military film of the past 20 years has been 'Longest Day' and it is ironic that this film should be called 'Longest Day' as the war was never more than 10 days. This documentary is well made and the best propaganda film I have ever seen. However, I think 'Hostage' is better, both in its authenticity and in the way it is told. It is an emotional film that is very real. I really enjoyed this film, and even though it is not an easy film to watch, I found it very moving. It is by far the best film of the year. I do not recommend that you watch it in the dark because it makes it difficult to see the small details of the film, but it is well worth the watch.

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Russell

I'm not a fan of westerns, but this movie is well worth watching. It's a very different view of what life is like in the big city. The main character is a heroin addict who is addicted to heroin and just trying to survive. What makes the film interesting is that he is not a bad person, and his views on life are not based on his own culture, but rather on the lives of people around him. There is one scene where he is smoking a joint and a bunch of kids surround him. They are smoking and talking and he is like "What are you doing?" and they respond with "I just want to have a cigarette" and he responds "You want to smoke? All right." This is a very interesting movie and I think it's very important.

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Kimberly

This documentary is great. It does not glamorize the Chinese communist movement. It exposes the reality of the Chinese in the 1940's. It shows what it was like for them when they first entered the country. The doc is very interesting and the way the film is shot is very poetic. It is a great film to see. It is not a political film. It is a film about the Chinese in the 1940's.

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Benjamin

I'm a very big fan of David's work, but I found this documentary to be very disappointing. It is basically a collection of his interviews with various people, from students and teachers to politicians and intellectuals. I didn't find any point in the documentary to be as compelling as the interviews, which I found to be extremely boring and repetitive. I didn't see anything in the documentary that was so important or profound that it would have been worth the time or money to watch the whole thing. It just seemed like David's only objective was to get interviews and have them delivered to him. It seems like he was just using this documentary to promote his work and to get the word out about the student protests in China. It's the kind of documentary that he is proud of, but I didn't see that as a point that made me want to get out of my seat to watch it. I also think that the way that he presented some of the information in the documentary was very uninteresting and repetitive. The way that he described the different political parties was very boring and it seemed like he was just going through them, from the start to the end. The last thing that I would have liked to see was a part of the documentary where he spoke about the reasons for the student protests in China, but instead he just gave a very boring and disjointed explanation. As much as I liked his videos and his interviews, I was disappointed by this documentary. I don't recommend this documentary to anyone.

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Betty

I've never seen this kind of documentary before. The director, Maud Kross, focuses on the subject of sexual repression and the tremendous contribution it has made to the development of Western culture. But it also focuses on the history of sexual repression in Russia, and the role of the Catholic Church. Kross shows how the Church and the government have been working together to suppress sexual expression and expression of the feminine. Kross explains that this suppression of sexual expression was very necessary for the development of the society, and the development of Western culture. She shows how the Russian people were used to seeing the idealized image of the Soviet Union, and of Soviet men and their country. The documentary is very effective. It makes us reflect on the nature of the sexual revolution. It's an eye-opener.

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Amanda J.

I believe this film deserves a 9 out of 10. It's a very personal film. The production is very interesting and the subject is very touching. The actors are very talented and the music is very interesting. If you have a lot of time to kill, go and watch it. If you don't, don't.

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Phillip Brooks

The most important thing about this movie is that it brings the truth about the people and the situation in which they live. I think the movie is very well done. There are some good documentaries out there about the history of the Chinese and Japanese. The point of this movie is to show how much history is lost because of war and what could be done to bring back some of that lost history. I think the movie could be edited a little bit better. The movie has a very simple and not very strong message but I think that is the strength of the movie. I would say that this movie could be shown in the cinema or in the school or in some other place. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in the history of the Chinese and Japanese. It is a must watch!

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Amanda Rodriguez

I thought this documentary was great. I really liked the way it was put together and I was very impressed with how it was edited. I thought the information on each of the different countries was very accurate and I think that was a very good thing because I would like to learn more about these places and understand more of the culture. I also liked how they showed the different countries in a historical context. The people of this country are really great and it's really cool to see the diversity and how different countries are treated differently. I'm glad that this documentary was made because it was very interesting and very informative. I would definitely recommend watching it.

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Marie

This documentary is a great tool for educating the public about the 'Great Leap Forward' of the Chinese communist party. It is certainly not a film to see just for its intellectual value, it is much more a film to be seen for the sheer fact that it tells the story of how a nation could transform itself into a humanistic society with a higher level of dignity, freedom and equality. As a child I remember reading the Communist party's official propaganda magazine Peking Review and as an adult reading the Peking Review that was distributed during the Cultural Revolution. I was a child of the Cultural Revolution and as an adult I saw firsthand how a nation could transform itself into a humanistic society with a higher level of dignity, freedom and equality. It was also something that I felt I had to teach my children about, so this documentary was perfect for me. I would recommend this documentary to anyone interested in social change or any political ideology that is not liberal or conservative. This is a great film that should be seen by everyone, even those who are not familiar with the Cultural Revolution.

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Daniel Peters

I've never been to the U.S. before, so I didn't know much about this country's social policies until I came across this documentary. The subjects, the people in this country, are portrayed in a very realistic, and very human, way. I think this is the best documentary I've seen in a long time. The documentary is narrated by Michael Moore, who is a liberal, and often used to be one of the most conservative people in America. Moore's style is not usually to portray a straight-forward view on the world and the people in it. Instead, he gives a more realistic view of the American way of life. If you're an American, and you are used to seeing the world through a lens of "right vs. wrong", then you might be a bit confused by the documentary. But for the rest of the world, it is a really interesting view of the world. I'm not sure if this documentary is meant to be taken seriously, but I really think it's an important documentary that should be seen by the people who live in the US, and the people who live outside the US. I think that the documentary is about the very human and very realistic way in which Americans live. I think that this documentary will give the viewers a better perspective on the way in which Americans live their lives. I think that everyone should watch this documentary, and then go and read the books by Michael Moore, or his other works. This documentary is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen, and I think it is one of the most important documentaries I have ever seen. So, if you have never seen the documentary, then go and watch it, and then go and read the books by Michael Moore, or his other works.

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Howard

If you are one of those who don't watch the News, then you might have missed the excitement, but there are still so many people who miss it because they don't understand the culture of China, the country they are trying to understand. This documentary has been released only in Chinese language, which is pretty interesting, but it might be more effective in other languages. It's more about the state of China and people's belief in the political system. But it's also about the actual situation of China and the people in it. And the culture of China, which the Chinese have brought over from the old country. It's a combination of China and other Asian countries and the Chinese people. I liked the director, and the story is a little bit slow, but it's a very good documentary. You can tell a lot of emotions in this documentary. It was released in 2013, but it's still relevant to today's world.

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Debra Pearson

I think that a documentary about the culture of its native people is a difficult task, but the creators of this film managed to do it well. While the focus of this film was to examine the influence that Western culture has had on Native people, it also offers a new perspective on the film's subject. I think that this film is an excellent starting point for those who want to learn more about the culture of the Indigenous peoples in this country. I am a "one-time" film student who has been unable to find a movie that I truly enjoyed, so this is a film that I am glad to have found.

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Jordan Lynch

I don't think there is a single person out there who would not benefit from a change in their diet. It has been proved that the human body can not withstand a constant diet of animal products. So, if you ever want to make a change, eat a healthy, whole food diet. It can help you feel better and feel like you're a little more energized. Just think of it as a way to live a healthier life. I was so shocked when I first heard about this documentary. I was looking forward to seeing it and watching it again and again. I did see it once, and I would have given it a ten if it had been on TV. But it's not on TV anymore and I can't find it anywhere. This is my best documentary ever. It's really sad to see how much this documentary is misrepresented. When you see this, you will never see a documentary like this again. This is a true story, that you can see happening to many of the people in the United States. This documentary tells the story of a woman in California named Jennifer, who is suffering from severe chronic pain and her doctor doesn't believe her. She decides to use a substance that she takes called Locosamine to help her to get relief from her pain. It is a prescription drug that is used to treat a variety of medical conditions. But Jennifer never gets the dosage right. She also takes too much of the drug, and it causes a number of complications. After watching the documentary, you can tell the doctor lied to her and gave her too much of the drug. She does have the right to ask her doctor to prescribe her more of it, but she never gets the dosage right. Jennifer's doctor then tells her that she can't take any more of the drug, which is wrong. After all the pain she has been experiencing, she decides to go to a clinic and gets tested for hepatitis. She thinks she's going to die if she takes the medication, but she survives. Jennifer doesn't know that the treatment is just a form of relief that is supposed to help her. But she is proven wrong, and she also learns that she can get the treatment she needs, because there are other doctors who do it. Jennifer then decides to take the medication, and she's not just fighting against her pain. Her pain is just a symptom of the damage that she has been suffering from her husband and her doctor. She also gets to see the effects that her husband has been causing on her health. It's heartbreaking to see her husband leaving her and the effect that his chronic illness is having on her health. This is a true story that you can see happening to many of the people in the United States. I'm not saying that this documentary is perfect, but it is a true story and I think that it is important for people to know about it. It's not just about one woman, it's a story about millions of people.