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Heart of China (1999)

Huanghe juelian (original title)
The film tells the story of a grounded American pilot during the Second World War who learns about the noble spirit of the Chinese poeple when he is rescued by the communist-led Chinese ... See full summary »


Xiaoning Feng


Xiaoning Feng
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Credited cast:
Jing Ning ... Angel
Paul Kersey ... Owen Neumann
Xinjun Wang Xinjun Wang
Tumen ... (as Men Tu)
Ming Li Ming Li
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lui Guojing Evans Lui Guojing Evans ... Owen's Granddaughter


The film tells the story of a grounded American pilot during the Second World War who learns about the noble spirit of the Chinese poeple when he is rescued by the communist-led Chinese army after an emergency landing near the Great Wall. On the way to the Communist base, the pilot falls in love with a girl soldier whose lingering memory of being raped by the Japanese makes her a determined fighter. Half a century later, the American pilot returns to the Yellow River to pay his respects to the native people who rescued him. Written by Anonymous

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29 September 2005 (Hungary) See more »

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The Legend of the Yellow River
12 May 2011 | by yl481See all my reviews

The film "The Legend of the Yellow River "tells a story about World War II in the Chinese slopes, the director Feng Xiaoning is a versatile person in the film industry, his works are all excellent. The film released in 1999, caused a sensation when released, because in China, there is no second film can be showed in place about the World War II.

The Yellow River is the second longest river in China, to Chinese people, it has unusual significance, and the film was called "The Legend of the Yellow River" I think it is not only the story took place beside the Yellow River, and it is want to cause a resonance with our Chinese people.

The film is based on the theme of war and love, the hero is a U.S. soldier, named Owen, his plane was hit by Japanese warships, he was falling to the slopes, met the actress Angel and the Eighth Route Army soldier Heizi, They were ordered to escort him to the base, they met a number of risks on the way, the Japanese chase and the robber's baulk, to face of brutal invaders, the Eighth Route Army, who showed that they do not yield and express the national integrity, Owen was shocked, and build a feeling of life and death with them, and finally, all the soldiers died.

The film use a flashback to play, the hero Owen's recall is the main line for the whole movie, when he stood beside the magnificent Yellow River, his mind suddenly rolling up. The movie scenes are very spectacular, the scenery is beautiful, that adds a touch of color for the entire movie, and the audience cannot help to enter the movie. I have to say, the film is in the well production place.

In the figure, the film depicts good not only on the positive character but also spent a lot of effort on the villains. Overall, this is a film that background of war, which have certainly not a small part of the war, the Japan invasion of China, the whole world playing the World War II, this is the big background, while the small background is the Eighth Route Army of the Communist Party is being escorted the American pilots to the base on the plateau slope. The stories interspersed in the whole movie are also impressive. When Owen dropped, he saw the kids' happy smile, and instantly come to nothing because of the Japanese planes came. The hostility between Angel's father and the leader of the Eighth Route Army. The village after the Japanese army go through, the field littered with corpses. The butler malicious informers and so on, these circumstances have contributed to the development of the whole movie, it will better portray the good characters, and bad characterization of the worse. The ending is tragic, all the war movies will not be have a good result, because all of the war is always been wrong and stupid, it may have not any good in addition to hurt human beings, . So the tragic ending of film maybe conveys a spirit of peace, an anti-war spirit of peace.

"The Legend of the Yellow River" is not an ordinary movie, its success is that it describes human's nature in the heart, the whole movie with "love " to through, so much as memory is the main line, but rather say that "love" the main line in deep. On watching the movie, I always have been impacted by human's nature, when see the scenes of the tragic scene, for example, a woman was burned till died with cry, the crushed baby, as well as the actress cut the rope at the last, my tears were keep running down, the most wonderful point in this film perhaps is here. "Love" in this way is not reflected the common love with the man and woman, but is the love to the motherland, to the Yellow River, and the sentimental attachment to the Chinese nation, it has a dual meaning.

The director Feng Xiaoning through the thinking of the war and human's nature in the film, put the hero into a situation of live and death, to highlights the burning flame in their hearts in the ruthless environment. The film is around the escorted with adventure, it is fully to express the conflict with personality and the communication between the soul, it played a great songs beside the yellow river with surging forward, sing the praises of the lofty quality when defeated the invader and love and care with the friends from other countries. It is a excellent film work mixed the thoughtful, artistic and ornamental.

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