Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining he has TB; Yuwan embroiders; they sleep in separate rooms. A surprise visit from... See full summary »
The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth... See full summary »
During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time... See full summary »
Delamu ¨C Tibetan for "Peace Angel". Since ancient times, China's two primary land routes connecting it to the outside world have been the Silk Road in the north, and Tea Horse-Road in the ... See full summary »
In the previous communist propaganda films, eunuchs, especially this Empress Dowager's favorite, who held the highest position, was portrayed as a devil. This film is great in that it breaks free from the traditional communist ideological restriction, describing Li Lianying, the protagonist, as the way he was in real life. In comparison to his earlier films, such as Horse Thief (Dao Ma Zei, 1986), the director moved a step further, but soon he would meet his end in his future work, as in Blue Kite, which was no longer tolerated by the regime and banned in China.
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