Tian Zhuangzhuangs THE BLUE KITE is partly part of companion, but also partly counterproposal avant la lettre of Zhang Yimou, a year later entstandenem TO LIVE. Both films project historical panoramas of epic scale situated in the first decades of communist China. The Blue Kite chooses Tietou as Focus, a boy born in the early 50's. His father soon dies in a labor camp by the new powers and Tietou meets successively two surrogate parents, where he will, in the end, not much better. His mother, Professor Chen Shujuan, suffers from it. - Quite unlike the powerful, brilliantly doomed-ripping epic to live as the blue kite has not tried the unconditional Melodramatisierung of history, but chooses a more reserved, almost laconic style. In long-distance kicks the film accompanies the efforts of its protagonists to maintain a solid foundation in the turmoil of the post-revolutionary order. The Blue Parrot is a complex film that dispenses one-dimensional blame. Sun does Tian's work shows that the first Maoist reforms in rural China were not only enthusiastically received, but could also show real results. The more difficult the increasing ideological hardening and policialisation the system caters to farmers who had invested great hopes in their liberators after centuries of oppression. The blue kite is a historical film, how much rare to see it in content and aesthetically complex and never pretentious, at the same time emotional and discursive, informative and argumentative, but not manipulative.