Before the Revolution of 1911, widow Aunt Xianglin heard that her mother-in-law would sell her. Therefore, she ran to the Lu town and worked as a servant in Lord Lu Si's house, but she made...
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Before the Revolution of 1911, widow Aunt Xianglin heard that her mother-in-law would sell her. Therefore, she ran to the Lu town and worked as a servant in Lord Lu Si's house, but she made his wife happy because of her diligence. However, her mother-in-law found her and forced her to marry He Laoliu. He Laoliu was honest, tolerant and kind. In order to pay off the debt, he finally exhausted to death and his son was eaten by wolves. Thus, Aunt Xianglin returned to Lord Lu Si's house. She was afraid of being torn limb from limb by Hades, so she contributed her one-year earning to the temple housing the god of earth. When she offered her sacrifices excitedly on the blessing evening, members of Lu family scolded her and drove her out. As a result, she died at the snowy blessing night.
This movie is a generally well made, occasionally melodramatic story of a peasant woman in China who is widowed twice, and betrayed by both the strict confines of society and by the cruel nature of her neighbours.
The original tale by Lu Xun is more complex, and compelling, but the elements that the movie retained are convincing and solid (probably more than they could've been with all the stories elements).
A special note: the narrator's voice makes only three appearances, and are either redundant and useless, or party of the propaganda of the time period. For what its worth, the film depicts the real ills of China that its later inhabitants are still struggling with...the old ways and the solutions they chose.
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