Wasted Orient 0+

Kevin Fritz, CHN 2006, Chinese-English version / Czech and English subtitles, 92 min

China may be the rising superpower of the 21st century, but Joyside wants no part of that. A leading light in the country's tiny punk rock scene, the band lives in squalor, thrives on chaos, swills countless beers and worships punk rock icons like Johnny Thunders and Darby Crash. Apolitical and amiably nihilistic, they get drunk and rock out because they can't think of anything else worth doing. Wasted Orient follows the band on their first tour, an odyssey of endless train rides, all-night binges, gross behavior and fierce gigs before minuscule crowds. A fascinating peek behind the mask of modern China.

 

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