The film is set in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution. It is told from the perspective of Ma Xiaojun nicknamed Monkey, a teenage boy. Monkey and his friends are free to roam the streets of Beijing day and night because the Cultural Revolution has caused their parents and most adults to be either busy or away. The story revolves around Monkey's dalliances with his roguish male friends and his subsequent angst-filled crush with Mi Lan.

  1. Jiang Wen

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Shuo Wang


Top Billed Cast

  1. Xia Yu

    Xia Yu

    Ma Xiaojun

  2. Ning Jing

    Mi Lan

  3. Geng Le

    Geng Le

    Liu Yiku

  4. Jiang Wen

    Jiang Wen

    Ma Xiaojun (adult)

  5. Liu Xiaoning

    Liu Yiku (adult)

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In the Heat of the Sun
In the Heat of the Sun


Original Title 阳光灿烂的日子

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 1, 1994


Original Language Chinese

Runtime 2h 14m

Budget -

Revenue -



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