“The future dictionary definition of ‘crackdown’ will be: First cover one’s head up firmly, and then beat him or her up violently.” – @aiww
In the summer of 2010, the Chinese government began a crackdown on dissent, and Hua Hao Yue Yuan documents the stories of Liu Dejun and Liu Shasha, whose activism and outspoken attitude led them to violent abuse from the authorities. On separate occasions, they were kidnapped, beaten and thrown into remote locations. The incidents attracted much concern over the Internet, as well as wide speculation and theories about what exactly happened. This documentary presents interviews of the two victims, witnesses and concerned netizens, gathers various perspectives about the two beatings, and brings us closer to the brutal reality of China’s “crackdown on crime”.