The Magic of the Kite

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Le Cerf-volant du bout du monde

The Magic of the Kite

by Roger Pigaut, Wang Kia Yi

France, China


Le Cerf-volant du bout du monde

Director: Roger Pigaut, Wang Kia Yi

Script : Roger Pigaut, Antoine Tudal, Wang Kia Yi

Artistic Consultant: Pierre Prévert

Cinematographer: Henri Alekan

Son : W.R. Sivel, J.C. Marchetti, Tchen Yen Hsi

Editor: Marinette Cadix

Music: Louis Bessières, Tuan Se Tchung

Cast: Patrick de Bardine, Sylviane Rozenberg, Gérard Szymanski, Alain Astié, Raphaël Hassan

Production: Garance - Tourane Films SA, Cocinor, Beijing Film Studios

Connaissance du Cinéma
122 rue La Boétie
75008 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 1958

35 mm, Colour, 82 min
French Version

Awarded in Karlovy-Vary Film Festival in 1958

Little Pierrot and his friends from Montmarte have discovered a colourful kite at the top of tree. They manage to take it down and find out that one of its wings hides a letter written in Chinese. One of their neighbours, a Chinese antique dealer, translates it for them. A young boy of Beijing named Song Siao Ting, has sent a friendly message to the children who will find this kite. Bébert, the nasty boy of the group, snatches the piece of kite where Song’s address is written. Pierrot is sad and falls asleep. He sees Sun Wukong, the king of monkeys and musicians, who will help him to find Song. In Beijing, the children have many adventures...

First co-production between China and France, this film for children is full of tenderness and friendship. Millions of children saw it in China where it was released on the Children Day celebration, as well as in France.

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