CUEAFS in collaboration with Terracotta Distribution
Proudly Present An Exclusive Screening of
‘Red Light Revolution’ (2011, China)
Wednesday 25th January 2012 / 2pm / ETG34 (Ellen Terry Building)
A humorous western Hollywood-style look at Chinese tradition colliding with modern sexual values, ‘Red Light Revolution’ is the story of an ordinary Beijinger who opens an adult shop to make ends meet, sparking a sexual revolution in his conservative neighbourhood.
Shunzi, like many men of his generation, is a hard worker who simply can’t afford to provide the type of life his spouse desires. When he is fired from his cab company, his wife promptly leaves him and throws him out of the house he bought her. With nowhere else to go, Shunzi decides to step behind China’s new “red curtain” and secretly open an adult shop. His supplier turns out to be a gangster who will break his legs if he doesn’t deliver cash each week and when the neighbourhood watch discovers that Shunzi has been operating without a permit, Shunzi faces the threat of losing everything.
Shunzi and his neighbours have a choice: accept defeat, or fight for the shop that has unexpectedly united the community.
Terracotta Distribution is pleased to announce the theatrical release of ‘Red Light Revolution’, the story of a laid off cab driver who opens an adult-toy store to make ends meet directed by Sam Voutas.
Given its sensibilities, it has not had a release in China yet, and UK is the first territory in the world to release it.
Director Sam Voutas references ‘The Full Monty’ in terms of the economic backdrop and the financial toils of the every day man - “Our film aims to strike a universal chord in terms of the struggles to get by with one’s head held high in tough economic times”.
This movie is based on fact. Beijing possibly has more sex shops per square kilometer than anywhere on Earth; why shouldn’t there be movies about this?
Sam Voutas says: “‘Red Light Revolution’ offers, I hope, an entertaining wake-up call. China is traditional, yes—but it’s also a nation that is embracing capitalism like it’s going out of style, overhauling virtually every industry and activity. In my neighbourhood alone, there are three adult stores within a block of me. Business, it seems, is booming.”
Join CUEAFS for the first screening of 2012! Entrance is open and free for all students!