High Tech, Low Life
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High Tech, Low Life follows two of China's first citizen-reporters as they travel the country and document the underside of China's rapid economic development. A search for truth and fame inspires young vegetable seller "Zola" to report on censored news stories from the cities, while retired businessman "Tiger Temple" makes sense of the past by chronicling the struggles of rural villagers. Land grabs, pollution, rising poverty, local corruption and the growing willingness of ordinary people to speak out are grist for these two bloggers who navigate China's evolving censorship regulations and challenge the boundaries of free speech. From the perspective of vastly different generations, Zola and Tiger Temple must both reconcile an evolving sense of individualism, social responsibility and personal sacrifice. The juxtaposition of Zola's coming-of-age journey from produce vendor to internet celebrity, and Tiger Temple's commitment to understanding China's tumultuous past provides an alternate portrait of China and of news-gathering in the 21st century.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 8
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A narrow, albeit intriguing window into a technological revolt that deserves a more far-reaching film than this one.
Fresh: High Tech, Low Life ostensibly examines censorship of the Internet and news media in China. But the pic is driven less by its subject matter than by its two very different and utterly fascinating bloggers.
Fresh: Maing's own camera captures the busy, rich and revealing life around them, with interested openness and visual intelligence.
Fresh: Whatever their orientation, both men are intrepid in pursuing the truth, the consequences of which are made clear in a series of terrifying late-film crackdowns.
A must see for doc lovers
A beautiful film that gave me a fresh new perspective on the lives of average Chinese citizens and the state of the media in China. Really compelling characters doing amazing things!