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Red Light Revolution

Red Light Revolution Review BannerRed Light Revolution is the second feature of the Shanghai-based Australian writer and director Sam Voutas. It failed to get a release in China so the U.K and Canada are the first regions to get this film. Perhaps Chinese censors are reluctant to release this film due to the subject matter: a comedy looking at the explosion in adult-toy stores in China. Was this too American Pie and no dignity? A shocking expose on people forced into the adult entertainment industry by economics?

Shunzi (Jun Zhao) is a low-paid cab driver who can’t provide the life his wife wants. After getting fired from his job and thrown out of his house by his wife he moves in with his mother (Ji Qing) and father (Huimin Tian). Things look bad but a chance encounter with an old friend leads to him opening an adult-toy shop. Unfortunately he winds up stuck with a Japanese supplier named Iggi (Masanobu Otsuka) who turns out to be a psychotic gangster and a conservative neighbourhood watch that harasses him. Shunzi could lose everything but his customer base and his partner Lili (Vivid Wang) have other ideas.

There is nothing daring or shocking enough to sate the appetites of gross-out comedy fans or those looking for drama. There are no gross-out gags, no nudity, and no bodily fluids. The jokes are inoffensive to the point of being harmless and it ducks showing anything too risqué, eschewing heavy smut for a light-hearted tale of a community brought together by a taboo subject.

The Customers Stream into the Store in Red Light Revolution

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Terracotta Release Red Light Revolution

China’s first sex-shop comedy?

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Red Light Revolution

DVD Release Date: 13th February 2012

Label: Terracotta

Running Time: 91 mins.

Director: Sam Voutas

Writer: Sam Voutas

Starring: Jun Zhao, Vivid Wang, Xiduo Jiang, Masanobu Otsuka, Tess Liu, Huimin Tian, Ji Qing, Bing Bo

 

Shunzi (Jun Zhao) is a hard working cab driver who can’t afford to provide the life his wife Lili  wants. After getting fired from his job for disobedience and thrown out of his house by his wife, he moves in with his mother (Ji Qing) and father (Huimin Tian). Living with his parents and dead broke things look bad but he has a brain-wave – open an adult toy shop. Unfortunately he knows nothing about the adult entertainment industry and winds up stuck with a supplier who turns out to be a violent gangster and a conservative neighbourhood watch that harasses him. Shunzi could lose everything but so could a gradually building customer base which means the game is on to save the shop.

The Gang's All Here in Red Light Revolution

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