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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 marriage to an older man who she has been betrothed to since infancy -- that Gu's talk of a new society has the most effect. She is no longer willing to accept her fate; she wants to join the Communist party where women are given the same treatment as men. When Gu leaves the village, he tells her that he will return to take her to Yan'an, the Communist party stronghold. Unfortunately the officer arrives too late and the results are tragic. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast

Xue Bai
as Ciu Qiao
Wang Xueqi
as Gu Qing
Tan Tuo
as The Father
Liu Qiang
as Hanhan
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Critic Reviews for Huang tu di (Yellow Earth)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

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…

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…

Yellow Earth is the most impressive film from mainland China unveiled so far in the West.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The first 'modern' film to emerge from China, and one of the most thrilling debut features of the '80s.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Justifiably celebrated for its daring, colorful visuals and innovative, eye-opening rhythms.

January 29, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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…

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