The Chinese Youth Who Changed a Small Romanian City

Racking your brain for a new Netflix film to see? RADII recommends The Joys and Sorrows of Young Yuguo. The short documentary runs for just 28 minutes, making it a quick and easy watch.

We promise not to drop any spoilers, just reasons why you should give it a spin. For one, it’s fascinating to see Romania through the eyes of a young Chinese romantic.

The film is narrated by Yin Yuguo (or so it seems), a 16-year-old youth with a keen appreciation of Romanian literature and poetry.

In the film, he persuades his parents to let him move from Kunming, China (population of 6.6 million) to Bacau, Romania (173,000 residents), to pursue his studies in Romanian culture.

Yin’s presence in Bacau shakes up the city, which rarely receives Chinese international students.

Nevertheless, his earnestness and passion for Romanian culture open the locals’ eyes to the beauty of their own culture.

The heartwarming short film has an unexpected ending — we sure didn’t see it coming. Click on the link below for more China-related Netflix content.