Red Light Revolution

 

Year: 2010
Country: CHINA, AUSTRALIA
Run Time: 91 minutes

RED LIGHT REVOLUTION is the titillating tale of an entrepreneur in the new Beijing. The Chinese marketplace has changed. It used to be that shopkeepers sold necessities; now they peddle desires. Shunzi is a pudgy, down-on-his luck cab driver who can't keep his mouth shut long enough to keep a job. His wife kicks him out of the house, so he's left with only his dog. A stint selling diet products doesn't pan out, but at least he meets a nice girl named Lili. Then Shunzi runs into Jiang, a flush-looking former schoolmate who gives him a tip: sex toys are a hot commodity, and he can set him up with his own shop. The skeptical Shunzi tags along to meet Jiang's "investor" Iggy, a crazy Japanese artist with a thing for orange. Soon Shunzi and Lili are running their very own mom-and-pop sex shop, "Dream of the Red Light." Like bats, bizarre customers come out at night when their needs are greatest. With sales flat and Iggy threatening, Lili and Shunzi are about to quit. But Shunzi discovers an astonishingly potent herbal medicine that makes everyone sit up and take notice. (In Mandarin with subtitles) – B.B.

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Director
Sam Voutas

Producer
Melanie Ansley

Screenplay
Sam Voutas

Cinematography
Yifan Wang

Editing
Sam Voutas

Principal Cast
Jun Zhao, Vivid Wang, Masanobu Otsuka, Tess Liu

Director Bio
Australian director Sam Voutas is based in China. A graduate of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts, Sam was raised in Manila, Taipei, Beijing, and Australia. He also acts for Chinese films and TV.

Select Filmography
"The Last Breadbox" (2002), "Crash Test" (2004), "Shanghai Bride" (2006), "Dragon Sons, Phoenix Daughters" (2007), RED LIGHT REVOLUTION (2010)

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