China Cry (1990)

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Based on an autobiography by Nora Lamm, this is the true story of Sung Negn Yee. The protected daughter of a physician (James Shegta), her life is nearly destroyed after the Japanese invasion in 1941 of Shanghai. This is the story of her struggle to survive the atrocities and repressions of Mao's governmental machine, and of her eventual escape to freedom in Hong Kong in the early 1960s.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Studio:
Parakletos Productions

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Cast

Julia Nickson
as Sung Neng Yee
Russell Wong
as Lam Cheng Shen
James Shigeta
as Dr. Sung
France Nuyen
as Mrs. Sung
Philip Tan
as Col. Cheng
Jak Castro
as Labor Camp Guard
Eric Chen
as Chinese Army Captain
Daphne Cheung
as Chung Shing
Lloyd Kino
as Police Captain
Lau Lee Foon
as Young Neng Yee
Bruce Locke
as Labor Camp Guard
Bennett Ohta
as Labor Camp Doctor
Elizabeth Sung
as Interrogator
Lewis Tan
as Sung Neng's Kid
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Communist zealots inflict Mao's Cultural Revolution on a helpless China. The movie portrays a privileged bourgeois family under attack by Mao's Red Guards, and the brilliant, beautiful daughter, Sung Neng Yee (Nickson-Soul), who eventually escapes to Hong Kong with her husband (Wong). Its turning point is an old-fashioned movie miracle replete with wind, lightning and thunder. Just at the moment Sung Neng Yee faces a firing squad, a freak storm deflects the bullets and spares her. This event, which she takes to be a sign from God, restores the faith she had adopted briefly as an adolescent when attending a Christian school in pre-Communist days. The plot development is a tad manipulative. Why do we have to have our heart strings tugged in order to feel outrage over the abuses of the Cultural Revolution? The focus on Christianity is not made clear by the advertising. This requires a little tunnel vision: Mao persecuted everybody with any sort of religious faith, not just Christians. "China Cry" therefore seems more like a Sunday school propaganda film, rather than a serious examination of how the Cultural Revolution destroyed many, many lives. Historic tragedy is reduced to melodrama. The melodrama is interrupted only by sickeningly brutal scenes, including a woman in third trimester being kicked in the abdomen. Other films have approached survival-during-government-sponsored-terror much more compellingly. It has a generally, poor narrative, script, and scene organization. Lack of funds to do some of the scenes right General clumsiness in use of voice over. It is another example of the debasement of artistry over divinely-inspired good intentions. I'm sorry to see that this continues to haunt "Christian" movies to this day. Some day these people will quit bellyaching about the satanic plot that funnels all the money to secular themes and just come up with a compelling story, and get enough money and talent to do the job right. 2 stars. A really artificial movie

dfw foreignbuff
dfw foreignbuff
½

Communist zealots inflict Mao’s Cultural Revolution on a helpless China. The movie portrays a privileged bourgeois family under attack by Mao's Red Guards, and the brilliant, beautiful daughter, Sung Neng Yee (Nickson-Soul), who eventually escapes to Hong Kong with her husband (WongIts turning point is an old-fashioned movie miracle replete with wind, lightning and thunder. Just at the moment Sung Neng Yee faces a firing squad, a freak storm deflects the bullets and spares her. This event, which she takes to be a sign from God, restores the faith she had adopted briefly as an adolescent when attending a Christian school in pre-Communist days. The plot development is a tad manipulative. Why do we have to have our heart strings tugged in order to feel outrage over the abuses of the Cultural Revolution? The focus on Christianity is not made clear by the advertising. This requires a little tunnel vision: Mao persecuted everybody with any sort of religious faith, not just Christians. "China Cry" therefore seems more like a Sunday school propaganda film, rather than a serious examination of how the Cultural Revolution destroyed many, many lives. Historic tragedy is reduced to melodrama. The melodrama is interrupted only by sickeningly brutal scenes, including a woman in third trimester being kicked in the abdomen. Other films have approached survival-during-government-sponsored-terror much more compellingly. It has a generally, poor narrative, script, and scene organization. Lack of funds to do some of the scenes right General clumsiness in use of voiceover. It is another example of the debasement of artistry over divinely-inspired good intentions. I'm sorry to see that this continues to haunt "Christian" movies to this day. Some day these people will quit bellyaching about the satanic plot that funnels all the money to secular themes and just come up with a compelling story, and get enough money and talent to do the job right. 2 stars. A really artificial movie

ld pierce
ld pierce
½

I LOve this Movie She never gave up on CHrist Jesus just as He never gave up on us. Alot has happened to her during her walk through the Deessert but she reached that Promisd land wow this is a real good mvie. Pastora Diana Brevan

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