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About the shifting, unpredictable currents behind the Chinese Cultural Revolution, this documentary shows the various phases of the 12 years from 1964 through the purging of the Gang of ... See full summary »

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Xiaoping Deng ... Himself (archive footage)
Qing Jiang ... Herself (archive footage)
Nanyang Li ... Herself
Rui Li ... Himself
Shao-Chi Liu ... Himself (archive footage)
Ting Liu ... Herself
Xiaohai Luo ... Himself
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
Weili Ye ... Herself
Luoke Yu ... Himself (archive footage)
Enlai Zhou ... Himself (archive footage)
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About the shifting, unpredictable currents behind the Chinese Cultural Revolution, this documentary shows the various phases of the 12 years from 1964 through the purging of the Gang of Four at the end of 1976, with some retrospective information about the Long March and the 1958 Great Leap forward. It is built around contemporary interviews with survivors of three families: The most prominent is Liu Shaoqi, the President of China until 1967 & the highest ranking target of the revolution, his wife, Wang Guangmei and his daughter Liu Ting. The most complete coverage was given to a former secretary to Mao, Li Rui, who was banished when he questioned the Great Leap forward. He was rehabilitated in the early 60's, but not brought back into the Party and was banished again when the Cultural revolution started. Li's daughter Li Nanyang who was 11 or 12 when Li Rui was first imprisoned, was a staunch supporter of the Cultural Revolution, but she was never allowed to join the Party because of... Written by Maple-2

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A documentary worthy of praise.
3 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Fantastic archival footage and captivating interviews weave together a concise examination of China's so-called Cultural Revolution. While largely an overview, the film does find moments of intense specificity in its many candid interviews. This is a well constructed documentary, both educationally fascinating and emotionally charged. If only they could show it in China...


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