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Hibiscus Town (1987)

Fu rong zhen (original title)
Love, humiliation and politics play out in a distant village of China during the cultural revolution.

Director:

Jin Xie

Writers:

Cheng Ah (as A. Cheng), Hua Gu (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Wen Jiang ... Qin, shutian
Linian Liu Linian Liu ... Li, Guigui
Xiaoqing Liu ... Wu, Yuyin
Ning Xu Ning Xu ... Wuzhuala
Songzi Xu Songzi Xu ... Li, Guoxiang
Guangbei Zhang Guangbei Zhang ... Li, Mangeng
Zaishi Zheng Zaishi Zheng ... Gu, Yanshan
Shibin Zhu Shibin Zhu ... Wang, Qiuhao
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Love, humiliation and politics play out in a distant village of China during the cultural revolution.

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

10 March 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Fu rong zhen (Fuyouchin) See more »

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Shanghai Film Studios See more »
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2.35 : 1
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A moving story with believable characters.
11 June 1999 | by Bobak!See all my reviews

Hibiscus Town is about victimization, humiliation, and salvation in a small Chinese village before, during, and after the Cultural Revolution.

Its central character, born of a capitalist inn keeper, is victimized by the new Communist party director who is jealous of her beauty and success. From this tough beginning we watch her fall from grace in the village, lose everything that is dear, and face further humiliation with the arrival of the cultural revolution. Yet from this dark low we watch her find salvation in those around her and find something worth living for.

This all works to great success thanks to solid acting, directing, and a strong screenplay based on a popular novel. The film does seem a bit awkward at first, but I found it soon pulled me deeper into the story and characters then I had realized. By the second half I truly felt for the protagonists and their cause. The experience is further seasoned by authentic sets and very believable supporting performances, making the village an accessible setting.

Definitely worth a look. (8/10 stars)


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