Our Shining Days

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Our Shining Days
Our Shining Days.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWang Ran
Produced byWilliam Kong
Written byBao Jingjing
StarringXu Lu
Peng Yuchang
Liu Yongxi
Li Nuo
Lu Zhaohua
Han Zhongyu
Music byKubert Leung
CinematographyCharles Lee
Production
company
Distributed byEdko Films
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryChina
LanguageChinese

Our Shining Days (Chinese: 闪光少女; pinyin: Shǎnguāng Shàonǚ; literally: 'Shining Girl') is a 2017 Chinese coming-of-age musical film starring Xu Lu and Peng Yuchang.[1][2] The film has received favorable reviews, particularly for the performance of lead actress Xu Lu and the depiction of minority group's struggles of Chinese orchestra and Otaku.[3][4][5]

Synopsis[edit]

In a fictitious music school, the students of Chinese orchestra and Classical orchestra don't get along with each other. They call each other "tacky" and "pretentious". Chen Jing, a quirky but talented yangqin student, initially doesn't care about the rivalry, until she falls for the piano prodigy Wang Wen. Annoyed at his ignorance and prejudice toward Chinese instruments, she is determined to prove herself to him by forming her own ensemble, which consists of her best friend who secretly loves her Li You and four Otaku girls whom initially only agreed to join because of Chen Jing's promise to buy them expensive action figures. They named their concert band "2.5 Dimension", meaning a blend between 2D and 3D worlds, as the Otaku people refer to themselves as living in the second dimension. They perform at an Animation, Comics, and Games convention, and after initial rejection the crowd cheers for them.

They perform for Wang Wen but he publicly rejects Chen Jing and traditional Chinese music. Crushed, Chen Jing chooses to disband 2.5 Dimension. The four Otaku students, who have grown to love the band, are angry and refuse Chen Jing's gift of expensive anime figurines. Chen Jing's mother tells her about how the yangqin is a part of her and that she can't give up playing it without its permission. The head of the school announces plans to cancel the Chinese Orchestra but the original members of 2.5 Dimension are joined by other students to protest. After the head of the school continues to refuse them, they organize a music competition with the Classical Orchestra. An inspector comes to the school and both orchestras play their music, but the classical students are unable to keep up with the Chinese orchestra, and so lose the competition. The Chinese orchestra then enlist the help of the Classical orchestra to sneak in and unofficially play after their performance, which is being broadcast live. They play right at the end, and are met with high praise.

Casting[edit]

  • Xu Lu as Chen Jing, student from the music school's Chinese Music Area who plays the Yangqin
  • Peng Yuchang as Li You, percussionist playing Chinese drums
  • Liu Yongxi as Xiao Mai, plays the Guzheng
  • Li Nuo as Ying Zi, plays the Erhu
  • Lu Zhaohua as Beibei, plays the Ruan
  • Han Zhongyu as Tata, plays the Pipa
  • Luo Mingjie as Wang Wen, plays classical piano
  • Chen Yusi as Zheng Youen
  • Eason Chan as Ministry of Education's official
  • Yan Ni as Mrs. Chen
  • Geng Le as Mr. Chen

Reception[edit]

Our Shining Days garnered generally-positive response.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2017 20th Shanghai International Film Festival, Asian New Talent Award[6] Best Actor Peng Yuchang Nominated
Best Actress Xu Lu Nominated
14th China Movie Channel Media Awards[7] Best Actress Nominated
Best New Actress Won
Best Film Our Shining Days Won
Best New Director Wang Ran Won
Best Screenwriter Bao Jingjing Won
Best Supporting Actress Liu Yongxi Won
12th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum[8] Best New Actor Peng Yuchang Nominated
Best New Actress Xu Lu Nominated
Tencent Star Awards[9] Breakthrough Film Actress Won
New Era Film Festival[10] Best Actress Won
2018 9th China Film Director's Guild Awards[11] Best Actress Nominated
Best Film Our Shining Days Nominated
Best Director Wang Ran Nominated
Best Young Director Nominated
Best Screenwriter Bao Jingjing Nominated
23rd Huading Awards[12] Best New Director Wang Ran Nominated
Best Newcomer Xu Lu Nominated
25th Beijing College Student Film Festival[13] Best Screenwriter Bao Jingjing Nominated
Best Directorial Debut Wang Ran Nominated
Best Newcomer Peng Yuchang Nominated
14th Chinese American Film Festival, Golden Angel Award[14] Best New Actress Xu Lu Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "《闪光少女》发破壁预告 二次元混搭民乐破次元壁". Sina (in Chinese). July 14, 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.scmp.com/culture/film-tv/article/2113788/film-review-our-shining-days-traditional-chinese-music-battles
  3. ^ "《闪光少女》:徐璐"神经"少女华丽逆袭". Netease (in Chinese). July 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "不打架不堕胎,如何拍好青春片?从《闪光少女》看国产青春类型创作新起点". Mtime (in Chinese). July 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "《闪光少女》徐璐演绎失恋是件小事,但成长是件大事". Sina (in Chinese). February 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "亚洲新人奖李荣浩入围最佳演员 斋藤工争最佳导演". Sina (in Chinese). June 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "电影频道传媒关注单元颁奖 《闪光少女》摘五朵金花". ifeng (in Chinese). June 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "第12届华语青年影像论坛新锐提名揭晓". ifeng (in Chinese). September 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "《星光大赏》张艺兴跪地亲吻舞台,徐璐霸气回应"我不是数字小姐"". Douban (in Chinese).
  10. ^ "徐璐斩获2017新浪潮女演员奖 闪光少女正当时". Sina (in Chinese). December 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "电影导演协会2017年度入围名单揭晓 吴京入围最佳导演". ifeng (in Chinese). February 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "第23届华鼎奖提名:《战狼2》、《芳华》双雄逐鹿". Sina (in Chinese). March 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "第二十五届北京大学生电影节闭幕式暨颁奖典礼圆满落幕". Tencent (in Chinese). May 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "14th Chinese American Film Festival kicks off Tuesday in Hollywood". Xinhua. November 1, 2018.

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