Directed by: Wu Hao 2013 | 80 min.

Section: Documentaries

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

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THE ROAD TO FAME explores how the cultural idea of fame complicates when 'Fame' the musical is produced in China, with a Chinese cast, and directed by both Chinese and Americans. The film tells both a universal coming-of-age story and a unique narrative on modern Chinese youth. Caught in the crux of China’s dramatic transformation, these youths oscillate between intense hope and deep despair: growing up spoiled as single children and memories unsullied by the traumas of the Cultural Revolution, they feel entitled to a great future in China's continuing prosperity; they have expansive access to information online and to Western values, and they embrace the ideas of freedom, fairness and individuality; yet their parents, their teachers and the traditional Chinese value of obedience still push them to conform and to swallow the social injustices agitating the entire society. Through their individual stories, the film explores the restless psyche of the Chinese society, and helps audiences worldwide better comprehend the seeming contradictions of modern China.


Saturday, October 12 4:00 PM Consolidated Koko Marina Date Passed
Sunday, October 20 6:00 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Wu Hao
Producer Liu Changying, Wu Hao
Executive Producer Tsien, Nick Fraser, Kate Townsend, Barbara Truyen, Ben Tsiang, Ruby Chen,Chao-wei Chang, Mette Hoffmann Meyer Jean
Cast Wu Heng, Chen Lei, Liu Zhenfei, Gao Shuyao, Zhang Xiao
Cinematographer Wu Hao, Yang Kai P.
Editor Wu Hao, Jean Tsien, A.C.E.

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