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Ai Weiwei: The fake case

HD   14A

Andreas Johnsen

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About the Movie

After 81 days of solitary detention world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Journalists, the art world and his family all want a piece of him and on top of that he is hit with a gigantic lawsuit from the Chinese government, which he soon names ‘The Fake Case’. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during the year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights. Ai Weiwei strongly believes that China is ready for change. And he will do everything to make it happen.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 27
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Johnsen offers viewers the challenge and pleasure of an important artist's company, and a chance to appreciate anew his wisdom, his wit and his bravery. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, May 15, 2014

Fresh: With the aid of Johnsen's doc to overcome the obstacles China has put in his path, however, Ai's voice carries louder than ever before. – Peter Debruge, Variety, May 14, 2014

Fresh: Remarkably intimate and astute. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Jun 5, 2014

Fresh: Accessible documentary serves as useful introduction to and informative update on an artist who's seldom out of the headlines for long. – Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter, May 14, 2014

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Customer Reviews

10$ to RENT ??

I wish I could see this movie. 10$ TO RENT??

A glimpse into his struggles

This film is less about the cold hard facts of the case, but more a visual diary into Weiwei’s life since his probation. Insightful, unfortunate, and ultimately, necessary.

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