Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)
"Tian yu" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  16 November 2000 (Hong Kong)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wenxiu (Xiu Xiu) (as Lu Lu)
Lopsang ...
Zheng Qian ...
Li Chuanbei
Jie Gao ...
Qianqian Li ...
Yue Lü ...
Qian Qiao ...
Chen Li
Cheng Jiang ...
Rider A
Xiaoyu Yang ...
Xuejun Gu ...
Rider B
Huzi ...
Zhizheng Li ...
Headquarter's Chief
Kun Zhang ...
Shijin Li ...
Jeep Driver
Dong Jia ...
Yak Herder A


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 Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexual content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

16 November 2000 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,880 (USA) (7 May 1999)


$1,000,000 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Provided the band Xiu Xiu with its name. See more »


From 89:34 to 92:18, Xiu Xiu's right side hair is braided; from 92:30 on, her left side hair is braided instead. See more »


Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »


Water of Desire
Lyric by Johnny Chen
Performed by Chyi
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Pleasant movie about harsh life under communism
9 August 2007 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Tian Yu directed by veteran Chinese actress Joan Chen is a bold film which is completely different both in style as well as content from those of other Chinese films made by fifth and sixth generation film makers.Soon after its filming its anti Chinese communist party stance had angered the Chinese cultural authorities to such an extent that it is still banned in China.Much of the film's strength lies in its choice of far off landscapes which add surreal beauty to the film.The film is sad as a young girl is sent away from her home to initiate a communist party sponsored reeducation process but she becomes a victim of sexual slavery.This is a real story which underscores not only the plight of the film's protagonist but also of countless ordinary girls whose happiness was snatched by the official brutality of the omnipotent communist party ideology.Top notch scenes of the film include sequences in which the young protagonist is forced to live in a far off settlement with a Tibetan eunuch.This unexpected event gives rise to emotional bonding between two people cut off from human civilization.

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