Youth (2017 film)

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Bloom of Youth.jpg
Film poster
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese芳華
Simplified Chinese芳华
Literal meaningYouthfulness
Directed byFeng Xiaogang
Written byGeling Yan
Produced byWang Zhonglei
StarringHuang Xuan
Miao Miao
Zhong Chuxi
Yang Caiyu
Edited byZhang Qi
Distributed byIM Global[1]
Release dates
  • September 2017 (2017-09) (TIFF)
  • December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Running time
135 minutes
Budget¥120 million RMB
Box officeUS$235.9 million (¥1.47 billion RMB)[2]

Youth (Chinese: 芳华) is a 2017 Chinese coming-of-age drama film directed by Feng Xiaogang and written by Geling Yan.[3] It was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[4] It was scheduled to be released in China on October 1, 2017,[5][6][7] but after previews in Beijing and other cities was pulled from the National Day schedule. It was released on 15 December 2017.[8] It was the 6th highest-grossing domestic film of 2017 in China.


The film chronicles the lives of a group of idealistic adolescents in a military art troupe in the People's Liberation Army during the Cultural Revolution. They experience love, lust, betrayal, and sufferings in the background of Mao-era songs and dances. Through the narration of Xiao Suizi, the film follows the story of two key characters, Feng Liu and Xiaoping He. Xiaoping He, a naive, and innocent new recruit from Beijing, and Feng Liu a morally impeccable character, whose comrades praise for being a real life Lei Feng. The pair also participate in the Sino-Vietnamese War in 1979 and become heroes for their act of courage.

Xiaoping He eventually becomes the target of her roommates bullying for her provincial naive mannerisms. A majority of the acts spearheaded by Hao Shuwen, the daughter of the regional commander.

After the war, they are honorably discharged from the Army but struggle to make ends meet in the Reform-era China while they learn lessons from soul-crushing experiences of love, lust, betrayal, and heartbreak.


  • Huang Xuan (黄轩) as Liu Feng (刘峰)
  • Miao Miao (苗苗) as He Xiaoping (何小萍)
  • Zhong Chuxi (钟楚曦) as Xiao Suizi (萧穗子)
  • Yang Caiyu (杨采钰) as Lin Dingding (林丁丁)
  • Li Xiaofeng (李晓峰) as Hao Shuwen (郝淑雯)
  • Wang Tianchen (王天辰) as Chen Can (陈灿)
  • Wang Keru (王可如) as Xiao Balei (小芭蕾)
  • Su Yan (苏岩) as the dance teacher
  • Zhao Lixin (赵立新) as the commissar
  • Sui Yuan (隋源) as Zhuoma (卓玛)
  • Zhang Renbo (张仁博) as Zhu Ke (朱克)
  • Zhou Fang (周放) as the head nurse
  • Xue Qi (薛祺) as Secretary Wu (吴干事)
  • Yang Shuo (杨烁) as the military chief
  • Tao Hai (陶海) as the Psychiatrist

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
25th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Film Youth Nominated [9][10]
Best Director Feng Xiaogang Won
Best Newcomer Miao Miao Won
Zhong Chuxi Won
23rd Huading Awards Best Film Youth Nominated [11]
Best Director Feng Xiaogang Nominated
Best Actor Huang Xuan Nominated
Best Newcomer Miao Miao Nominated
Zhong Chuxi Won
Best Screenwriter Geling Yan Nominated
9th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Film Youth Won [12][13]
Best Director Feng Xiaogang Nominated
Best Actor Huang Xuan Nominated
Best Actress Zhong Chuxi Nominated
37th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan Youth Nominated [14]
12th Asian Film Awards Best Film Youth Won [15][16]
Best Director Feng Xiaogang Nominated
Best Newcomer Zhong Chuxi Nominated
Best Screenplay Geling Yan Nominated
Best Editing Zhang Qi Nominated
54th Golden Horse Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Geling Yan Nominated [17]
Best New Performer Zhong Chuxi Nominated
Best Art Direction Shi Haiying Nominated
Best Makeup & Costume Design Liu Xiaoli Nominated
9th Macau International Movie Festival Best Picture Youth Won [18][19]
Best Director Feng Xiaogang Won
Best Writing Geling Yan Won
Best Actor Huang Xuan Nominated
Best Cinematography Luo Pan Won
1st Marianas International Film Festival Best Picture Youth Won [20][21]
Best Director Feng Xiaogang Won
Best Screenplay Geling Yan Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Yang Caiyu Won
Best Cinematography Luo Pan Nominated
Best Original Film Score Zhao Lin Nominated
Best New Artist Miao Miao Nominated
Zhong Chuxi Won


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  10. ^ "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.
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  13. ^ "导演协会年度表彰《嘉年华》《芳华》 周冬雨影后". Sina (in Chinese). April 22, 2018.
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  15. ^ "Asian Film Awards 2018 nominations". South China Morning Post. January 11, 2018.
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  17. ^ "台北金馬影展 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival".
  18. ^ "2017年第九屆澳門國際電影節獎項提名名單". Macau International Movie Festival Official Website (in Chinese).
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  20. ^ "塞班国际电影节公布入围影片 27部作品角逐奖项". Sina (in Chinese). November 22, 2017.
  21. ^ "Youth is Best Picture at MIFF". Saipan Tribune. December 11, 2017.