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Ling Tang and his family live on his prosperous farm in rural Southern China and have not yet felt the impact of the Japanese invasion in the North. Tang's two oldest sons, Lao Ta Tan and Lao Er Tan are married and hard working while youngest son Lao San Tan remains a free spirit. Er's wife Jade is also willfully unconventional and desires to exercises her literacy skills by reading books, a most unfeminine practice in 1930's China. Tang's only daughter is married to Wu Lien, a city merchant who profits from selling Japanese goods. When the dreaded invasion reaches their village, the family is scattered as the sons join the resistance while Wu Lien survives by collaborating with the enemy. Written by
"March of the Volunteers" is sung by the resistance workers as they are resting on the Tan estate. The soundtrack has an orchestral version in several other scenes. It was in fact a popular song in China during the period portrayed. Since 1982 it has been officially recognized as the national anthem of the People's Republic of China. See more »
Enjoyed the great acting by the entire cast and especially Katharine Hepburn, who plays the role as Jade Tan who lives with her family on a farm and everything is very peaceful and happy for years. However, when the Japanese evade China these peaceful times turn into a complete disaster for the farming community. Walter Houston, (Ling Tan) plays the role as father and his wife Ling Tan, (Aline MacMahan) both give great supporting roles. Akim Tamiroff, (Lu Lien) becomes friends with the Japanese and is really a traitor to his Chinese family. The Japanese treated the people very poorly and their was rape and constant killing of innocent people. This story reminded me of a book entitled, "The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang" which talks about the horrors that Japanese soldiers performed against innocent Chinese people which is told in this picture.
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