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(B, Ro, LL, V, SS, NN, D) Moral (though not Judeo-Christian) worldview in which the romantic fulfillment of self & desire is sublimated to a finer message of responsibility and loyalty to one's duty; 10 obscenities; brief violence -- man tortured with firecrackers & 2 mob attacks; depicted fornication; brief female nudity; and, drug use.
RED FIRECRACKER, GREEN FIRECRACKER is an explosive story of two lovers who face insurmountable odds in realizing the fulfillment of their love’s desires. Nie Bao played by Wu Gang is a poor painter who finds work in the house of the Cai family, whose wealth is built on the making of firecrackers. On her parents’ demise, Chun Zhi the daughter, takes over the business. Raised as a man to effectively run the family business, Chun Zhi falls in love with Nie Bao, and faces for the first time, new sexual desires within her. However, their love is against all odds, and leads up to a dramatic end where Nie Bao is challenged to demonstrate his love for her in an explosive contest.
The movie offers a simple love story, but it is powerful in its imagery. Director He Ping shows an amazing artistry for both lush, sweeping scenes and poignant close-ups to establish moods and emotions. It is these images that speak volumes for RED FIRECRACKER, GREEN FIRECRACKER and make it a memorable movie. Through the love story, there unfolds another finer message of responsibility and loyalty to one’s duty, and that hard lesson matures Nie Bao and Chun Zhi through their emotional ordeal. Regrettably, the film is marred by depicted fornication and brief female nudity.