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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» (25)

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Steven

At a time when the other countries of the world were cutting their budgets by 23% and closing their borders to the United States, the US decided to sponsor a film by Chinese filmmakers who were about to release their first feature film. These directors were chosen to tell their stories of the "opportunities" they faced in the United States and how the entertainment industry had influenced them to pursue their dreams. What they showed was a different view of the United States and how a good movie can change people's lives. The directors told their stories and I was able to see the effect that their film had on the people in the audience, especially those who were not from China. I was especially moved by the stories of the two producers, for whom "the US" was their life and who used the film to tell the stories of those who lost their jobs or homes in the United States.

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Christina

This is the 2nd movie of the week, and I would like to say that this is the best of them. In case of the first movie, I am very much disappointed. The first one was a little bit too slow and boring, but the second one is much better. This movie also manages to be very funny at some parts. It is also very sad at some parts. In summary, this movie is really great!

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Sandra Webb

In this feature-length documentary, director Lawrence Gordon interviews a diverse array of individuals about their experiences with the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Some of the subjects have been journalists, artists, politicians, and children, while others are aging people, refugees, immigrants, and prisoners. This is not the film that I would have expected, but it's still very interesting. The general tone of the film is positive, and Gordon has some good anecdotes and clips. It's worth a watch, and I would recommend it to those interested in the topic.

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Catherine

This documentary is filled with some of the most riveting footage of all time. The documentary takes us through the life of Thomas Kinkade, the eccentric and somewhat schizophrenic man whose work includes several toys. Kinkade is on his way to his homeland in France, to take a photo of the town of Saint-Lazare and his hometown, which is home to his paintings and sculpting. When Kinkade arrives, he discovers the town in ruins and his art museum was destroyed by rioting youth. His museum is now a museum of fire, destruction, and death. But Kinkade is not finished. He is the sole survivor of the riots, and seeks to recreate the town. This is a very poignant film, which is made with so much intelligence. The documentary shows many of Kinkade's paintings, as well as his drawings and his sculptures, and that he refuses to sell his work to the public, but uses his art to push the boundaries of art in a very bold way. The documentary also gives us a brief history of the people and place of Saint-Lazare. It tells us about the Dutch re-colonization of the town in the 19th century, but also gives a brief history of the church and the Dutch re-occupation of the town in the 20th century. The documentary ends with the shot of Kinkade's sculpture, which is a brutal representation of the life of a man who sees the world as a small piece of bread. The film shows how the viewer is drawn into the life of Kinkade, as he attempts to recreate his own place of dream and creativity. It is an extremely moving and educational documentary that must be seen to be believed.

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Linda

This is not the classic film that it seems to be. This is more of a documentary on an individual's life in Thailand. It's about the experiences of one man named Chichai (Ek-Chul Ahn), who is an artist, and his wife, (Cha Chai), who is a housewife. They have been married for eight years. They meet the painter who paints the sun. They both paint murals for the festival that is held every year in Thailand. The painting is made into an art piece and then the artist puts it on a wall, and the painter tries to sell it. The paintings are changed every year. It is something to do with the painting of the sun. They both feel that this painting is something that is theirs, and their family has to accept it. One of the paintings is for a friend of the husband, a friend of the wife, and a friend of the painter. They all look at the painting and everyone thinks it is their painting. It's like a dream come true. One of the paintings has been given to the wife by the painter, but she is too young to handle it. The husband sees it and it changes his view of life and his life in general. It's a story of love, of wanting to see the sun, of wanting to see what everyone else sees. The paintings come out of that painting and change his view of life. There are no comments from his wife about what they see. This is a story of how we view things, and how we can change things to our liking. They are too young to handle it, so they do not see the paintings. It is a story of how you have to see it for yourself. It's a story of love, and of wanting to see what everyone else sees, and of wanting to change things to your liking.

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Virginia Gonzales

I was fortunate enough to catch this documentary at a screening in New York City last night. As a newbie to the film industry and a mere "film student" with only a cursory knowledge of the many films which were shown at the screening, I was blown away. As one would expect from a master like Scott Rudin, the film offers a plethora of facts and figures about the various aspects of the film industry from the low-budget, amateurish beginnings to the stunning breakthroughs that will impact the next generation. The first half of the film, although not entirely free of inaccuracies, is a bit slow but definitely holds your attention. However, after the introduction of the two main protagonists (a single mother of a young son and a self-employed actress), the film shifts gears into a frenetic pace that really gets into the meat of the story. During this time, I was particularly drawn to the role played by the mother, who is truly a strong, independent character with an interesting story to tell. The film's final ten-minute segment, in which the two main characters interact with other industry players, takes the film from a narrative into a more comedic tone. As the film winds to a close, I could not help but wonder if there is another film on the horizon which will continue the tradition of showcasing the incredible work of independent film makers. Without giving anything away, I can say that I look forward to seeing more from Scott Rudin.

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Bruce R.

All too often, when a film is released into the world, it is met with similar disdain and disdain itself, but the way this film is put together is truly impressive. Starting with the first reel, you really get the feeling that you are viewing the entire film. Then, the last half hour of the film starts to really take you into the lives of the people involved. It really shows that life is much more than just what you can eat, sleep and drink. The last half hour of this film is very moving, showing the different situations that the people are in. The cinematography is great, and the editing is very well done. You really get to see the ups and downs that these people go through. The only thing I would have to complain about is the acting. We don't have to talk about the acting in this film, because it really doesn't matter. The acting is very real, and you feel the emotions that the people are feeling. It's not that you feel like they are acting, but you just feel their emotions. This is probably the best documentary film that I have seen, and it really shows that it really does matter what you look like, what you eat, what you drink, what you wear. I think that this film is very important for anyone to see, and I would recommend that everyone watch it. A well-done documentary film. A great film. I definitely recommend that everyone watch this film.

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Lori Barrett

It's a shame that people really don't know what to do with their lives and that they are so uncertain of their future and how to spend it. When we think of people who are alive now, we tend to picture them as having the same personality profile as we do. When they are at the ripe old age of their years, we tend to think that they have the same interests and activities. But life is so much more complex. And how we perceive ourselves, or how we are perceived by others, is different than what we think. Life is not about getting things out of the way and moving on, but about living, and enjoying life. And that's what we do. And that is what this documentary shows. It's not about money and material possessions, or the material things that we do to get by, but about the meaning of life and how we can make the most of it, and how it all works. What it shows is that there are people who live life to the full, and others who are barely alive because of circumstances beyond their control. And we have to be content with what we have and what we have a chance to make work for us. We can't waste any time, we can't waste any energy, and we should just appreciate what we have, and what we have a chance to make work for us. If we can't do that, then life is just a waste of time. And that's what we see in this documentary.

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Dennis Bowman

I have never been a fan of the Soviet Union. I'm usually pretty critical of their leader. I can see no reason why the Soviet Union should be an object of hatred. At least I think the people who are pushing this film are not as far-fetched as many might think. The people behind the film are trying to let us see that a place like the Soviet Union was not something that was that bad, that is, until its leader began to crack under pressure. They are not making a documentary about the Soviet Union, they are making a documentary about the person who was in charge. It is amazing that this film has been allowed to be produced. I found this film very interesting. It is not perfect, but it does give some interesting insight into a period of time when the world was in the middle of a cold war. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about this period of time. Overall, I would say that this is an interesting film. The people who have produced this film, and some of the people who have promoted this film, should be ashamed. The people who were making this film are almost laughably ridiculous, and yet they seem to be so proud of their work. I really hope that this film will be banned. The people behind this film have basically given us an insight into what it would have been like if the Soviet Union had won the Cold War.

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Alan Little

I caught this documentary on Netflix in the middle of a very long day, and then I watched it again on a late night! I'm very glad I did. This is really a moving documentary, and it's absolutely worth your time. It's incredible how many people and organizations are willing to help bring the revolution to Brazil, and the time it will take. It is a documentary about our lives, our struggles, and our love of our country, but also about how we can change it. I think you will be moved by this film. I hope you will share it with your friends, because it is a film that deserves to be shared. In Brazil, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the military coup, and I'm here today to celebrate with you. Brazil, we are with you.

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Doris Taylor

This is not a documentary and it is not a review of some particular film. It is a film that uses interviews, videos, and documents to tell the story of the people that lived in the former Soviet Union during the transition from Communism to the Yeltsin regime. The film does not make an effort to present the point of view of the Eastern Bloc, the former Communist Party, or the majority of the Russian people. Instead, it is a film that tries to illustrate the people's views on the country they once called home and the new one they had to come up with. The film was made by a Russian couple who had fled to the U.S. at the height of the Cold War. They have now become part of the American population and are now doing what they can to preserve the past for the people they knew. The film is a good one for anyone who wants to know about the people who were exiled from their country and the new ones who have been born there. If you are interested in the political views of the people in question, I would recommend this documentary.

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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.