Round Eyes In the Middle Kingdom (1994)

Round Eyes In the Middle Kingdom
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 0hr 51mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Israel Epstein Actor Himself 1 1000001
Sidney Rittenberg Actor Himself 1 1000002
Ronald Levaco Director n/a 2 2000001
Ronald Levaco Producer n/a 3 3000001
Ronald Levaco Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Antonio Luiz-Mendez Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000001
Jennifer Chinlund Editor n/a 172 7000001
Todd Boekelheide Music n/a 120781 8000001
Weishan Lui Music n/a 120781 8000002
Jose Araujo Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Jennifer Ware Sound Designer n/a 120915 14000002
Michael Mennies Sound Designer n/a 120915 14000003
Interweaving snapshots and home-movie footage of his own childhood in his birthplace, Tianjin, San Francisco-based helmer, Ronald Levaco, takes an uncompromising look at events which shaped his cultural identity--as a Western kid, who enjoyed a comfy colonial childhood during the '40s, while the average Chinese starved and suffered. Levaco, who was born in Tianjin in 1940, and spent the first 10 years of his life there before his Russian-born parents immigrated to the U.S., was driven to find out what happened to the other Caucasians who remained in China when the Communists took over in 1949. Levaco articulates his feelings about China through focusing on the story of a Polish Jew, Israel Epstein, who was a close friend of his father during the 1940s and who remained in the People's Republic with his Chinese wife and two adopted children--even taking out Chinese citizenship; Epstein, who'd been there since age 2, identifies with the country, its people, and the Communists' reasons for change.