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Niu-Peng (1989)

In August 1966, the Cultural Revolution in full swing, 13-year-old Tian Ben is arrested for playing a pop record; he's sent to a remote mountain camp in Niu-Peng. There he's called "Four ... See full summary »


Sijie Dai
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Liang Yi Guo Liang Yi Guo ... Tian Ben
Quan Ngieu Tieu Quan Ngieu Tieu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheung Siang Chang Cheung Siang Chang ... Cook
Sam Chi-Vy Sam Chi-Vy ... Beimo
Thuon Ngo Thuon Ngo
Van Thoi Nguyen Van Thoi Nguyen
Espérance Pham Thai Lan ... Chef acrobate (voice)
Xio Ming Su Xio Ming Su
Loi Truong Loi Truong ... Artist
Souvannapadith Viradeth Souvannapadith Viradeth
Han Lai Vuong Han Lai Vuong ... Chief


In August 1966, the Cultural Revolution in full swing, 13-year-old Tian Ben is arrested for playing a pop record; he's sent to a remote mountain camp in Niu-Peng. There he's called "Four Eyes" and, with about 16 other older boys and men, he's made to carry muck up a mountainside, make bricks, saw logs, and sing daily to Chairman Mao of his faults. There's camaraderie among the five youths, especially with a young pickpocket named Baimao, and Tian is also drawn to a silent monk who cares for him when he falls ill and the others expect him to die. The camp is remote, so there are no fences or walls. Tian longs to escape. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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28 April 1990 (Japan) See more »

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China, My Sorrow See more »

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Tragedy in the absurd era
11 March 2004 | by zzmaleSee all my reviews

The literal translation of the title of this movie is: The Cattle Shed.

The Cattle Shed is an unique product of the Cultural Revolution, in which many people were persecuted. Sincere anything can be a crime and there were so many prisoners, jails and labors camps were not enough, so the cattle shed was used to house prisoners who did not commit serious crime such as counter-revolutionary crimes. The prisoners who are detained in cattle shed are those who committed minor offenses such as the case of this boy, our protagonist in the movie, who listened to pop music that was banned when the Cultural Revolution had started.

It is very difficult, even for those Chinese, particularly the Chinese equivalent of Y-generation, or to certain extend, even the Chinese equivalent of X-generation, to understand this movie because they had not live through that turmoil, and consequently, this movie should be frequently played in China to remind people not to let it ever happen again.

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