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Chinese Portrait

Factory and construction workers, farmers, commuters, miners, students. The director captures the state of his nation, by static filming one or more people in more or less motionless poses. No narrative, just portraits.

Other Titles
Retrato Chinês
Running Time
1 hours 19 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Xiaoshuai Wang
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 «Chinese Portrait» (20)

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Alan M.

Linda Klein is the owner of a famous vintage clothing store, where she is the owner's daughter. She has two sons, and she feels sorry for them, not to say sorry for her. She spends her days thinking of a way to support the kids, and on her evenings and weekends, she takes a look at what is going on in the world, and what her country has to offer. In the course of this she meets with a Canadian author who makes a trip to Canada, to visit her family and ask for support for her mother's shop. This is her chance to show the world what she is able to offer. She makes a documentary about the Canadians who are part of the fight against AIDS. We see them, we hear them, and we are shocked by what they have to say about the disease. We hear from people in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and from the people who live in these countries, and it is really hard to watch. The footage is shown in the most positive possible way, but it is very powerful and we see the misery of the people who are living with AIDS. The movie ends with the message of the Canadian Government, that AIDS is a very serious disease, and that we need to take the fight against it very seriously. It shows the urgency and the sheer amount of money that is needed to make a difference. This is a must-see documentary, because it is really a powerful one. Linda Klein has created a wonderful movie, that will make you feel good.

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Stephen

This film is a visual feast! It will take a person of any age to appreciate the content. I am an adult and I've seen this film about 5 times. I am glad I didn't know the content beforehand and that I saw it in the comfort of my own home. I thought this film would be boring because it was about a family that lost its patriarch. But the things I saw were inspiring and showed that although it's difficult to have a family member die, it's also possible to start over and build a new family. This film is a real eye opener. I want to get a copy of this film so I can see it over and over again.

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Benjamin L.

This film does have some terrific photographs, but it is not entirely convincing. It is interesting to see how many of the people who wrote the reviews on this site see this film. Many of them seem to see it as a significant piece of work, and probably have forgotten the horrors of the American labor system. Others are not aware of the incredible crimes that were committed by the Jewish and Italian immigrants in that period, and do not know of the way that they were murdered, and are thus not able to appreciate the gravity of the subject matter. This film is about the absolute brutality of the United States Government's efforts to take away the citizenship rights from the Italians and other Eastern Europeans, the story of how their babies were stolen and sold for human food, and the crimes that were committed by the Gestapo and other government agencies in the occupation of the Jewish communities. It is an excellent film, and worthy of a viewing. However, it is not a history lesson.

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Tammy C.

This is an excellent documentary. There are some gaps in the timeline, but overall, this is a great film. This documentary clearly shows how the American government is not an independent actor, but a corporate actor. We see that the government's role in fighting the war on terrorism has been altered by corporate interests, and has become more of a de facto government in the US, not the people's voice. I agree with the first reviewer who said that the film was less about the war on terrorism, and more about the corporate interests involved. The documentary does a great job of showing how the US government is not independent, but a corporate actor, and how their government cannot stand up for the people's interests. It shows how the war on terrorism, and the war on terror, have become the new front in the corporate war against the people. The documentary is very informative, and will hopefully get a bigger audience.

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Lisa Little

This is a story about a fictional Indian artist who paints himself into the roles of George Washington, Ronald Reagan, and others. In his painting, the artist changes his hair color, his clothes, and even his family's name. At the end of the film, the viewer is taken on a tour of his home in Ohio. The director of the film describes how the artist moved from Ohio to Ohio, painting his new home. He showed the viewer a book with the artist's drawings and paintings and how the artist worked on them. The artist also described how he works on his paintings and the process of painting them. This film was a wonderful education on the arts and art education. The art teacher did an outstanding job teaching the film.

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Nicholas D.

Totally worth watching. This is a documentary of the previous generations who remember the time when women were respected and used to be used to hold the world in a certain level. There is no one generation that can create the history of the present, but each generation has its own story and history. This movie is a documentary about women, it is a history of a society that is disappearing. I don't know if it was a generation of men that created the problem, or if it was a society that created the problem. But it is definitely a problem for the present. To me this is a documentary about a generation, because it shows the history of the society and the people that are living it. And to show it to us is the same thing, because we are the ones who have to live it. The future will be a struggle, because our time is our time. And we can't just leave it to someone else to do it. It is up to us. To me this is the most important thing in a documentary. I think it is a documentary that is totally worth watching. It is not only about women, but about the entire generation of women. It is a documentary about the past, about the future and about the present.

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Amber C.

I don't want to give anything away. I am a big fan of USV's in general and their video. The movie did a great job of showcasing the full body of the movie and it did not try to be "hip" and all the typical "American" snobbery. I was amazed at how much they were able to put on the screen. I enjoyed the entire process of making the movie. The parts were brief, but not overly long. I have to admit, I was a little upset by the end. I think they should have shown more of the actual process of making the movie. It was slow, but I did enjoy the process. Overall, I think this is a good movie. It is just like any other documentary. It does not claim to be anything special, but it is a good job and I would recommend it.

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Victoria Ryan

I thought this film was good. It was entertaining and definitely kept me interested. It was good to see a documentary about an unusual situation and the time and effort that goes into it. I was expecting it to be one of those films that is so boring you have to fast forward it because you don't want to waste your time and not be able to enjoy it. It is definitely one that is not for everyone but definitely worth seeing.

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Carol B.

I watched this movie on DVD and I have to say that it was pretty good. The majority of it was good. I especially liked the last part of the movie. It was really sad, and there was no way of making it better. I was really confused and felt like I needed to re-watch it. It was very sad, and the way the mother spoke made it even more so. She was so sincere and she really did everything that she could to make sure that her son was alright. It was also really sad that she had to lose her husband and her husband had to die. I didn't know that. I guess it was a really sad story and I could really relate to the mother and the child. I have two children and it's hard to watch them when they are sad. It's very hard to watch a child go through this. I was really sad when the child died and I was so sad when the mother died. I think it was a really good movie, but it was hard to watch. I watched it with my husband and we both felt really bad when it was over. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Grace Torres

Just saw this film last night and am astounded that so many people seem to have missed this film. There is a reason for the so many negative reviews. This film has a lot of well known people in it (such as John Hurt, who plays the doctor in the film) who are both brilliant and flawed. It also includes an actor from the "Star Trek" series. This film is a must see for everyone. See it!

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Carol W.

From the creators of "Natural Born Killers", the "Murders in the Rue Morgue" series, "Prison Planet", "Black Book" and "Underworld" comes "Crime Beat". "Crime Beat" is a documentary about the American prison system and the people that go there, their families, their experiences. In my opinion, this is a must see documentary. It's a pretty interesting film, for the most part. The main theme is that most of the people that go to prison do so for a crime that they didn't commit, or the crime was committed by someone else and they can't afford a lawyer. "Crime Beat" does an excellent job of telling the story of a small town in Nebraska, a town that is not so far from where I live, and I lived there. The town of Brentwood, Nebraska has a population of about 12,000. The director and producer, and several other people in the town did a great job of getting the story across. The characters in the film are all real people. There is no actor in this film, except for the main character, who is a former law student, who has a large family, but has been in prison for 7 years for a crime that he didn't commit. The director and producers did a great job of getting the story across. This is a must see film. The production is well done, and I'm not familiar with the producer, but I've been to several "The New York Times" and "Wall Street Journal" (I have a law degree) films, and I can assure you, "Crime Beat" was very professional. I'm not familiar with any of the actors, but they were great. It was fun watching the documentary, and I think you should see it, and I'm glad I did. I gave this film an 8 out of 10. It was very good. "Crime Beat" is one of the best documentaries I've seen, and I'd recommend it to anyone who has an interest in prisons, or wants to learn more about the American prison system.

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Walter Nguyen

Taught us that people who are rich are in no way immune to the flaws and failures that lead to their poor and miserable lives. You can't make good decisions if you don't have a clear vision of what is important to you. You may be so focused on your own needs that you don't have time to take in the situation around you. You may not have the luxury of time to reflect on the things you have done wrong, or failed to do. You may have to constantly blame others for your own failure. If you have the luxury of time, take in the things around you. Life is a gift, and you should not expect it to be handed to you without strings attached. You should not expect to be able to choose your own path.

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Douglas A.

I thought this was a great documentary, it showed a few areas of Hanoi and is made in a way that it is easy to understand even if you don't speak the language. The cinematography is amazing. I like the way it shows the state of the people's lives during the war. I think it is a good film to show to people who have never been to Vietnam. It doesn't have the "easy-to-watch" movie that some documentaries have. I thought the main focus of the film was the Americans and their desire to conquer Vietnam. It is not an easy movie to watch. The interviewees have some really good stories to tell. I would recommend this documentary to people who are not already familiar with Vietnam.

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Christian

I had heard about this film for a while but never got around to seeing it until now. This film is beautifully and effectively made. While the subject of the film is controversial, the execution is very artfully done. The fact that the film is about a single man's struggle to overcome his own ego and accept responsibility for his actions is a brilliant move. The film begins with a well thought out and articulate statement about the topic of trans-genderism. This is followed by a series of encounters with transgender people in various settings. The portrayal of the people is superbly done and their emotions are wonderfully depicted. Each character is played by a different actor so that the audience is able to relate to them as if they were real people. The final scenes of the film show how a man's life has been transformed in the wake of his transition. The final scene is filled with emotions and emotions. I found myself crying at the end of the film, as I thought of how difficult it is to be a trans-gender person. This is a film that will impact you emotionally and should be seen by everyone. It is a great film to have in your collection.

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Anthony H.

Most of the time when you watch a documentary you get what you expected to hear. This documentary on the making of One Hour Photo was different. It was like a guided tour of the making of a documentary. It was a fascinating journey from the point of view of a photographer to the point of view of a filmmaker. The documentary had all the information you could ever want to know about the making of One Hour Photo. From the director, to the actors, to the writers, to the props, and of course the camera operators. What I enjoyed the most about this documentary is the way it was presented. It is not a documentary you watch. It is like a guided tour. You get to go along with the actors, the directors, and the production company. There is so much information in this documentary that you will want to keep watching. Some of the information is very surprising, and it has surprised me as well. Overall, I enjoyed this documentary. I would recommend it to anyone interested in making documentaries.

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Christian Bennett

This documentary on the life of actor Robert De Niro is very much the last of a very long line of films about the great actor of the 20th century. It's a journey through his career and the many different kinds of roles he played. You don't see him in anything you haven't seen him in before. You see him in different roles, different genres and in different times and he has a unique voice and manner that you can never find in other actors. He never plays the same character. He's never the same guy. The film covers his career from the days of The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and the original film to his most recent role as the villain in JFK. It also gives a brief history of his friends and family. I found the first 40 minutes or so very interesting, but it's not until the end that you really start to understand how a man of De Niro's talent, who has a voice like a siren, can make it so easy to make a movie about a man of his caliber.

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Amy D.

This film tells the story of a man who died in a freak accident while working in a meat factory. After seeing the footage he was left with no choice but to return home and to live the rest of his life as a recluse. But this wasn't an easy decision. After a lifetime of just living his life and doing what he wanted to do, it was difficult to change. He soon became an anti-meat crusader and decided to go to school and study to become a doctor. It was a difficult decision to make, but he made it. The film covers all the different phases of his life, from when he first met the director, to the childhood, to his years in the factory. All of it was fascinating. It gave a very personal, but not completely accurate, view of what life was like for him and his family. I was very moved by this film, especially by the end. I left the theatre thinking about how we could change things for the better. I would recommend it to anyone. 10/10.

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Albert

The film focuses on the lives of refugees fleeing and living in Turkey. In some cases, the refugees are so destitute that they live in a tent or in a cave, and in some cases they can't even afford to pay the rent. One of the refugees interviewed was a woman who lost everything when her family was killed by Turkish troops. Many of the refugees are traumatized by war. These stories highlight how people can be torn apart by their respective countries. They are juxtaposed with the lives of the refugees as they try to make a new life in a new country. The documentary's message is that people can change their lives, even if it takes them a long time. Most of the interviews were with refugees in Turkey, and the film also focuses on refugees in the neighboring countries of Syria and Iraq. In the end, the film is a reminder that life can change dramatically for people in the midst of war and conflict.

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Sara M.

I love this film. It is so realistic and I have never seen anything like it. It is so beautiful and I can't imagine how this film was shot. I would love to see more of this film. I love the music, the cinematography, the film and the story. This film is a great film and I would love to see more of it.

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Eugene S.

This documentary is an excellent overview of the history of the Jewish community in Paris, and the efforts to preserve their heritage. The film focuses on the efforts of the Jewish community to keep their own traditions and culture alive, while simultaneously trying to preserve the Jewish community's heritage and culture. The film is very well done and is very interesting, and includes interviews with many of the people involved in the preservation efforts. I found the film to be very informative, and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of the Jewish community in France.