Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl

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A superb first outing from debuting director Joan Chen, Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl uses one person's grueling ordeal to probe a dark chapter in Chinese history.

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During the Cultural Revolution in China, Mao Zadong's regime sends countless adolescents, including a bright young girl named Xiu Xiu (Lu Lu), to rural lands in order to participate in various kinds of physical labor. Xiu Xiu is torn away from her caring relatives and close friends to live and work with Lao Jin (Lopsang), a rancher. Though he treats Xiu Xiu kindly, she yearns for her old life and eventually turns to a degrading life of prostitution in hopes of earning the means to return home.

Cast

Lu Lu
as Xiu Xiu
Lopsang
as Lao Jin
Zheng Qian
as Li Chaunbei
Gao Jie
as Mother
Wenqiang Wang
as Headquarters Chief
Jiangchi Min
as Peddler
Qin Lao
as Motorcycle Man
Fan Huang
as Three Toes
Cao Jiang
as Three Toes
Xuelan Cao
as Honey Dealer
Wang Luoyong
as Narrator
Lu Yue
as Father
Qiao Qian
as Chen Li
Gao Qiang
as Peddler
Li Zhizhen
as Headquarters Chief
Qin Wenyuan
as Motorcycle Man
Cao Jiong
as Three Toes
Jiang Cheng
as Rider A
Huzi
as Hooligan
Zhang Jia Kun
as Accountant Cao
Li Shijin
as Jeep Driver
Jia Dong
as Yak Herder A
Wang Yue
as Yak Herder B
Cao Xuelan
as Honey Seller
Tan Xiaoying
as Tractor Man
Zhong Lu
as Belt Man
Hu Wenqi
as Janitor
Li Yayu
as Nurse A
Du Min
as Nurse B
Jia Dashui
as Patient A
Chen Yu
as Patient B
Wang Luoyang
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

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Audience Reviews for Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

  • Mar 08, 2009
    A politically charged and highly metaphorical/symbolic piece of work. Placed slightly above the subtext is a simple yet charming story of a girl living in isolation with an older man. If she is ever to see the city again Xiu Xiu is convinced she must perform sexual favours on the wealthy elite. It's a very tragic story and one where even the protagonist begins to lose sight of her goals. Lopsang gives a wonderful and genuine performance. Towards the end the film starts to become repetitive and too preachy. Some wonderful photography makes this a must see just to absorb the epic environments.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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