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Introduction

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“The difference between a day dream and a dream under the sun is that the latter can be realized,” said Cui Jian, the father of China rock and a cultural icon of the 1980s and 1990s. He first shook up the world with an album titled Rock’n’roll on the New Long March in 1988 and a tour followed in 1990, which was aborted by the government because his music stirred up the Chinese audience in a way that no other singers, Chinese or foreign, ever could. If Western rock music is a “rolling stone”, Cui Jian calls his China rock a “rolling egg”: “Stone is hard, but egg has life.”

From 2005, we followed him on yet another new long march with three “dreams”: to have a rock concert with a full orchestra, to make a movie about young dreamers, and to find the love of his life. This documentary reveals his music and movie tours to Wuhan, Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tibet, Yunnan, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Barcelona, and Macau, not only recording his performances and filmmaking process but also presenting an intimate exchange between his music and its lovers.