The overall documentary is made up of 12 episodes starting with "Remembering," which implied that the "Chinese Cultural Revolution" of 1966 - 1972 or so was past, regretted, and disowned. ...
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The overall documentary is made up of 12 episodes starting with "Remembering," which implied that the "Chinese Cultural Revolution" of 1966 - 1972 or so was past, regretted, and disowned. The final episode titled "Trading" is all about the "new China" and it's role in the go-getter world of business, including USA business. These two episodes communicated the main messages for which the series was intended, told the story of "the new China." The middle episodes depict day to day life amongst "little guy" Chinese people, and creates a sympathetic picture of their charm, intelligence, humanity, creativity, and day to day problems and challenges.Written by
"Heart of the Dragon" is the most insightful and engrossing documentary I have seen explaining Chinese society, traditions and culture to western viewers. The producers had extraordinary access and cooperation from the Chinese Government and the characteristically hospitable Chinese people. Eminent sinologists around the world helped to give the programme intellectual depth. The 281-page book "Heart of the Dragon" by writer-producer Alasdair Clayre (Collins/Harvill, London 1984) is a valuable companion to the series. At the time of writing, the series seems not to be available either in VHS or DVD. This is a major omission. Little high quality documentary material about China is in DVD. This series would be my first choice, followed by the 1989 Anglo-Australian co-production about the People's Liberation Army, "The Great Wall Of Iron".
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