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Crossroads (1937)

Shi zi jie tou (original title)
Four students in Shanghai have recently finished university. All are unemployed. Xu contemplates suicide but his friend Zhao talks him out of it. Zhao lives in a shabby room with just a ... See full summary »

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Four students in Shanghai have recently finished university. All are unemployed. Xu contemplates suicide but his friend Zhao talks him out of it. Zhao lives in a shabby room with just a flimsy wall of planks separating him from the room behind. Miss Yang, in town to take a factory job, moves in behind. Her nails into the wall knock Zhao's photos down. The unseen neighbours start playing tit for tat... Zhao gets a job as proofreader at a newspaper. He sees that pretty girl on the tram to work every day. He doesn't know her, but it's Miss Yang... Zhao is assigned to cover labour conditions for the paper. He is sent to a factory, the one where Miss Yang works... Written by David Carless

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Watch the sequel made more than half a century later
23 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

The literal translation of this title is actually: At the Crossroads, instead of Crossroads.

The movie gives a very precise description of the difficult lives of the common Chinese citizens in the late 1930's China, which could not escape the Great Depression world wide. Furthermore, the problem was compounded by the fact that China was at war already, before other major western powers such as UK and USA.

What is interesting is that the similar situation is repeating itself in China today, despite the fact that Chinese economy is booming and there China is not suffering from neither the war nor the economic depression, and this is depicted in the sequel made in 2001, more than half a century later, titled At New Crossroads (Xin Shizi Jietou), and audience should compare two.


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