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Yellow is Forbidden

(Rated G)

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How did the daughter of a communist soldier and primary school teacher become the designer of choice to China’s one percent? Yellow is Forbidden is a modern day Cinderella story where the brave, diminutive and daring heroine’s dream doesn’t end at the ball. Growing up amid the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and catapulted to global fame when Rihanna wore one of her show-stopping gowns to the Met Gala, Guo Pei is chasing her personal dream — to become the first Chinese fashion designer accepted into the exclusive and savage world of Parisian haute couture.

"Golden. An intimate, involving portrait."
— The Hollywood Reporter
"Utterly staggering."
— Eye for Film
"Stunning, beautiful and provocative."
— The Spinoff

Why You Should See This Film

It’s an unprecedented story, taking the viewer inside the private world where Guo Pei creates her magic: a 50kg dress so heavy she has to consider a gymnast not a model to walk the runway, a gown spun by 300 embroiderers, precious gold material printed with centuries-old Swiss fresco. All from a woman who first learned her craft at the Number 2 Light Industrial School following the reign of Mao Tse Tung.

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  • Year: 2018
  • Rating: G
  • Director: Pietra Brettkelly
  • Duration: 97 minutes
  • Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
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