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The Herdsman (1982)

Mu Ma Ren (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama
This movie is adapted from the novel Heroes in Tongbai. Xiao Hua, a sister of Zhao Yongsheng, is deserted by her poor family. He Xiangdong, a woodworker, adopts her and rename her He Cuigu.... See full summary »

Directors:

Jin Xie, Shuqin Huang (co-director)

Writer:

Xianliang Zhang (novel)
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Credited cast:
Shimao Zhu Shimao Zhu ... Xiu, Lingjun
Shan Cong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Qiu Liu Qiu Liu ... Xiu, Lingjun's father
Ben Niu Ben Niu
Ziyue Zhao Ziyue Zhao
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This movie is adapted from the novel Heroes in Tongbai. Xiao Hua, a sister of Zhao Yongsheng, is deserted by her poor family. He Xiangdong, a woodworker, adopts her and rename her He Cuigu. To steer clear of arrest by the enemy, Dong Hongguo, offspring of a revolutionary family, is renamed Xiao Hua so as to be adopted by her adopter. Later, Zhao Yongsheng's parents are killed by the enemy. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

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Herdsman See more »

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Shanghai Film Studios See more »
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aka The Herdsman. A veritable orgy of nationalism and melodrama
15 March 2001 | by bing_ming66See all my reviews

A veritable orgy of nationalism and melodrama....the common thread throughout 90% of Xie Jin's films. The notable exception is Furong Zhen.

A sent down youth finds love and happiness in the inner Mongolia countryside. The father who abandoned the family years earlier returns from abroad, now a wealthy capitalist, and summons his son to meet him in Beijing. Our protagonist is compelled choose between joining his father in the USA and claiming his inheritance, or returning to adoring wife and cuddly son and the idyllic life as a herdsman.

Setting aside the Hallmark-like indulgences of the director, the film can be viewed as a commentary on temptations of the West as China reopened to western cultural influences and opened the door to study abroad.


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