Red Light Revolution
Hong Deng Meng
China, 2012, 91 minutes, SD
China's First Sex Shop Comedy!
Red Light Revolution Synopsis

Unemployed Beijinger, Shunzi (played by Zhao Jun), fresh from being fired from his cab company and still wounded by news of his wife running away for another man, decides to risk it all and follow his friend, and opens a sex store, much to the disappointment of his parents. At first battling with blow up dolls, and getting to grips with some of the vibrating merchandise, he soon realises that not only has he become a victim of a high pressured sales operation (with a gangster like supplier), but his neighbourhood is very conservative and inhabited by an ageing population. Slowly though, he starts to win them over and unites the community, but will he convert enough of them to customers to pay off the gangsters?


A humorous clash of Chinese traditional etiquette with modern sexual values - a rarity of a film to come from China.

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Reviewed by jeteli
The lead character of this film is not your usual expectation, Shunzi is very much the underdog type of person, whose life seems to be in a downward turn.  An... more
The lead character of this film is not your usual expectation, Shunzi is very much the underdog type of person, whose life seems to be in a downward turn.  An offer from a friend to open a shop that peddles sex toys will test Shunzi's patience and character. I particularly noticed the upbeat music, sounds like alternative rock and I think it complements well with the mood that the film intends to project. Director Voutas presents scenes interestingly and the funny conversations will make you smile and chuckle, considering the touchy topic being discussed. Do give this movie a try, maybe watch it with friends or your loved one! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
I noticed a unique storytelling way with this film, Asian in theme and flavor but with a foreign touch at times and indeed it is, as its director and writer... more
I noticed a unique storytelling way with this film, Asian in theme and flavor but with a foreign touch at times and indeed it is, as its director and writer is Sam Voutas, an Australian independent filmmaker.  With a story that touches on a delicate topic, at least for the Chinese, this proves to be quite interesting to see. The lead character Shunzi is down on his luck; jobless and uprooted from his house as his wife already has another man. A chance encounter with his old pal who introduced him to the sex toy industry will change the next days of his life. In fact, he has the support of his parents for a shop which he says sells modern lifestyle goods! Nice term, don't you think?  Watch it and for sure you'll be entertained! 
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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Jun Zhao as Shunzi has that comedic streak, his actuations alone seems funny but in entirety this film doesn't really deliver laugh out loud scenes. The dialogue though has that... more
Jun Zhao as Shunzi has that comedic streak, his actuations alone seems funny but in entirety this film doesn't really deliver laugh out loud scenes. The dialogue though has that quirky touch, catchy and funny.  There are colorful characters too, like that new man in his wife's life, a comic face of a man with comic punchlines. A breakthrough in China for being touted as its first sex shop comedy film, this film won the Audience Award at the Singapore International Film Festival. Check out  this film for its unique kind of hilarity. 
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