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Ashima (1964)

| Romance, Musical
Ashima is a brave and beautiful girl of the Sani people, beloved by all. One day as she is down at the lake to fetch water, she hears the sound of a shepherd's flute coming from the hills ... See full summary »

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Likun Yang ... Ashima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baosier ... Ahei
Chaoming Cui ... Rebubala
Fei Han ... Azhi
Qiongying Huang ... Azhi's Mother
Jie Liu ... Ashima's Mother
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Ashima is a brave and beautiful girl of the Sani people, beloved by all. One day as she is down at the lake to fetch water, she hears the sound of a shepherd's flute coming from the hills across the lake. She replies in song. The two trade music back and forth for several minutes but do not meet. Some time later the shepherd, a young man named Ahei, approaches a group of girls washing clothes in a lake and asks for Ashima. They tease him and do not tell him. One day the village has a festival with lots of dancing and music. At one point Ahei plays his flute. Ashima recognizes it, and the two fall in love. Azhi, the son of a rich man, is also attracted to Ashima. When he asks her to marry him, she refuses, telling him that poor girls do not marry rich boys. One day when Ahei is away tending his sheep, Ashima is kidnapped and taken away to the fortress of Azhi's father. Ahei, returning from the pastures, hears and rides off in pursuit. When he reaches Azhi's walled mansion, he ... Written by deschreiber

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colourful movie with beautiful costumes and wonderful songs
17 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in Singapore in about 1979 and went back to watch it a second time right away, I enjoyed it so much. It's a re-telling of a legend, so don't expect total realism. The plot is easy to check out by Googling, since it's a traditional, well-loved tale of the Sani people, a subset of the Yi people. The love story is touching, and there's lots for the eye in the people, costumes, and way of life. But best of all for me was the music. It's just wonderful! I wish I could find this movie on DVD. I wish I could find the sound track on CD.

According to Wikipedia, Ashima is the first colour film of the People's Republic of China. The uploader of several clips of Ashima to YouTube says that Ashima and two other films were Chou En-Lai's attempt to move Chinese films away from strict doctrinaire, ideological subjects, but that when Mao's wife prevailed over him, the negative was put away and allowed to degrade badly.


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