Review: Salute! Sun Yat-Sen

Salute! Sun Yat-Sen starts off as if it was a schoolboy error. However, stick with it as this is a gem of dramatic comedy coupled with a strong socio-economic narrative that could be called: “Education Is A Right.”

Lefty and Sky both attend the same school that neither can afford because their parents are poor. Both boys have the idea to steal a statute of Sun Yat-Sen or as he is better known in China – “The Father of the Nation” – in order to sell the metal statute and use the money to pay their school fees. If their own fathers can’t pay then maybe the father of the nation should, after all, doesn’t communism mean we’re all in this together?

This is a quirky dramatic comedy with deep socio-economic undertones from director Yee Chih-Yen about modern China. He uses this film to show that below the surface of rich modern China many still live in poverty and education for the majority is a privilege rather than a right.

Aside from the socio-economic narrative this is a rather funny dramatic comedy of two rival groups of boys wearing manga masks trying to set up the heist of the year. There are echoes of Ken Loach’s The Angel’s Share where the protagonist just wants to leave his impoverished life behind and will use any means necessary.

Salute! Sun Yan-Sen was released on dvd on 27 July 2015.

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