Biography of famous Chinese composer Nie Er, who found the meaning of life by composing for national rejuvenation.


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Credited cast:
Dan Zhao ... Nie Er
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shu Chen ... Qian Yele
Nan Deng ... Lao Jiang
Bo Gao ... Kuang Wentao
Zheng Gao ... Li Tianyin
Hongda Guan ... Xiao Chou
Fei Han ... Sun Ying
Tao Han
Xia Hong ... Gao Tianren
Zongying Huang ... Feng Feng
Jun Jiang ... Su Ping
Yongping Sun ... Xiao long
Bei Wang ... Wan Qianhong
Tian Xia ... Zhao Meinong
Ruifang Zhang ... Zheng Leidian


Biography of famous Chinese composer Nie Er, who found the meaning of life by composing for national rejuvenation.

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14 June 1962 (Hungary)  »

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Dal volt a fegyvere  »

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A Moving and Sincere Tribute, Carefully Done
29 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

'Nie Er' is an amazing discovery. It is a soulful and credible biopic of the composer who wrote 'March of the Volunteers', which became the PRC's national anthem. His very real travails are presented in straightforward manner, showing how a passionate and very talented man was nevertheless sidelined. Heavy propaganda is quite deftly avoided, because it is unnecessary.

The scoring is both poignant and powerful. I was reminded of Alfred Newman. The acting is excellent, the art direction has that wonderful murky quality found in most Chinese studio productions of that era, and the 'Peoples'Color' is muted and quite faded, but somehow effective. (Based on the DVD available from Beauty).

I watched it without subtitles, and the print obtained for the DVD was scratched and aged, but it only added to the film's mystique. The sound was excellent.

The sincerity of the film is quite moving. Chinese cinema of this genre was to reach its peak with Ping Wang's 'Dongfang Hong' ('The East Is Red') in 1965, and 'Nie Er' is an outstanding member of this remarkable group.

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