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Once the thriving capital of Imperial China, the city of Datong now lies in near ruins. Not only is it the most polluted city in the country, it is also crippled by decrepit infrastructure and even shakier economic prospects. But Mayor Geng Tanbo plans to change all that, announcing a bold, new plan to return Datong to its former glory, the cultural haven it was some 1,600 years ago. Such declarations, however, come at a devastatingly high cost. Thousands of homes are to be bulldozed, and a half-million of its residents (30 percent of Datong’s total population) will be relocated under his watch. Whether he succeeds depends entirely on his ability to calm swarms of furious workers and an increasingly perturbed ruling elite. The Chinese Mayor captures, with remarkable access, a man and, by extension, a country leaping frantically into an increasingly unstable future.

Reviews
2015-10-13 : Boyd van Hoeij
At once a fascinating and shocking cautionary tale about the way gargantuan construction projects are allowed to mushroom or come to a halt according to the cryptic whims of those in power.
2015-01-30 : Dennis Harvey
“The Chinese Mayor” offers a fascinating verite portrait of the collision between progress, politics, corruption and citizens’ rights in a rapidly changing People’s Republic.

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The Chinese Mayor (2015)
The Chinese Mayor poster Rating: 7.6/10 (406 votes)
Director: Hao Zhou
Writer: Qi Zhao, Hao Zhou
Stars: Li Fu, Ma Suying, Geng Yangbo, Song Yuhua
Runtime: 89 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Documentary, Drama, News
Released: 26 Jan 2015
Plot: DATONG follows the life and work of a controversial Chinese Communist Mayor GENG YANBO to tell the story about how he takes a radical reform to demolish 140,000 households and relocate half...