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Sha mo li de zhan dou (1956)

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A People's Liberation Army division in Xinjiang in 1951 aids in a water conservancy project.

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Credited cast:
Zheng Gao ...
Li Hui
Hong Mu ...
Political Commissar Zhang
Ben Niu ...
Xiao Zhu
Yuping Wei ...
Division Commander Chen
Xiying Wen ...
Yang Fa
Yuan Zhang ...
Zhang Zhen


A People's Liberation Army division in Xinjiang in 1951 aids in a water conservancy project.

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Again, the movie did not tell the complete story
15 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

even though everything told in the movie was true.

The literal translation of the title of this movie is: Battles in the Desert.

The battles are battles fought against mother nature, with soldiers and civilians worked side by side to build irrigation system so that desert can be turned into fertile farmlands by irrigation, the typical reflection Mao's believe of "people will definitely win over the heaven (nature)".

For this case, it was true only for several decades. Due to the discovery of water and consequent success, the government became over confident and the land was over developed. As a result, water supply run out several decades later, not only the farmland was swallowed by desert, the original oasis was gone also. This part of the history was not told, even though there should be a sequel of this movie to finish the complete story.

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