In the Heat of the Sun ()

directed by Jiang Wen, Ma Wenzhong, Zhang Hua
featuring Xia Yu, Ning Jing, Geng Le, Shang Nan, Tao Hong

This Chinese film which chronicles the rites-of-passage of a group of adolescent men is based on Wang Shuo's 1991 novella and includes additional autobiographical anecdotes from writer/director Jiang Wen. The film is set in summertime Peking during the early '70s. The boys live in a military school compound. When not skipping their classes, they are getting into fights with rival groups and girl watching. Much of the story focuses upon group leader Liu Yiku and Monkey Ma (who is based on Jiang Wen). Liu Yiku is having a ...

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