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Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a Tibetan saddle tramp Lao Jin to learn horse herding. Written by
I have watched movies from China for many years, dating to the early martial arts films from (ca.) 1950's. This work is one of the finest, most coherent, focused, and most beautifully rendered. I trust that Joan Chen will continue writing and directing.
The plot and scene pallet were simple, leaving room for the excellent acting and poignant cinematography to show. Character development was superb. The film did not need the lecturing normally reserved for the poorly done party films of the period described. And, of course, the story provides a glimpse into the humanity of the Chinese people, in that system, without polish, making a subtle link to other human beings.
If this is the Joan Chen who showed Yang form to an American on Washington Square in April, 1985 and who consulted with the same one at "Taste of China," 1988, I would appreciate a note. Last known address was New York, 1988.
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