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Huang tu di (Yellow Earth)

Huang tu di (Yellow Earth) (1984)

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Young Red Army soldier Gu Qing is sent to the northern Shaanxi region of China to learn local folk songs in 1939. He stays with a poor grumpy widower, along with his son Hanhan and his precocious teenage daughter Cuiqiao. The three are initially suspicious of the stranger, but they warm to him after hearing of the new ideas of the Communist party. Soon he teaches the silent Hanhan a song with the line, "Only the Communists can save the poor," but it is with Cuiqiao -- who will soon be sold into

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Art House & International, Drama

Aug 29, 1995

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The striking images of Yellow Earth... offer respite from a plot that bears the impress of the cultural arm of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film broke definitively with Chinese studio tradition and introduced a new sense of ambiguity in the relation between political ideology and praxis.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Yellow Earth is the most impressive film from mainland China unveiled so far in the West.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The first 'modern' film to emerge from China, and one of the most thrilling debut features of the '80s.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Justifiably celebrated for its daring, colorful visuals and innovative, eye-opening rhythms.

January 29, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Deeply rooted in the life of the villagers, this is a film about the notion of change -- something not countenanced by the authorities.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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