【身份認同】篇 Awakening of Identities
The Road to Fame
中國大陸 China｜2013｜80 min｜吳皓 WU Hao
Hawaii International Film Festival
China's top drama academy stages the American musical “Fame” – China’s first official collaboration with Broadway – as the graduation showcase for its senior class. During the eight-month rehearsal, students with diverse personalities and family backgrounds compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into China’s corrupt entertainment industry. Part of China’s single-child generation, they were spoiled growing up but are now obliged to carry on the failed dreams of their parents.
CHEN Lei, rebellious and hungry to shine in the spotlight, feels repressed in China and wants to seek freedom and success in America; Fei, naughty and street smart, hustles for money and fame to make his family proud; WU Heng, a talented musician and singer, is endowed with good looks but no prominent background. They all have big dreams for the future but struggle to make their dreams come true. In the process of staging “Fame”, they must confront their own anxieties, complex social realities and negotiate their own definitions of and paths to success in modern China.
The Road to Fame gives a rare, intimate look at the coming of age of some of China's most promising yet confused youth and, through their stories, reflects some of the most sensitive issues and conflicting values shaping China today.