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The Ditch (2010)

Jiabiangou (original title)
It recounts the harrowing story of life at one of Mao's camps, at the end of the fifties, where 'rightists' were sent to be 're-educated through labor'.


Bing Wang


Bing Wang, Xianhui Yang (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ye Lu Ye Lu ... Xiao Li
Renjun Lian Renjun Lian
Cenzi Xu Cenzi Xu ... Gu
Haoyu Yang ... Lao Dong
Zhengwu Cheng Zhengwu Cheng
Niansong Jing Niansong Jing
Xiangnian Li Xiangnian Li
Jieleu Wang Jieleu Wang
Daguang Li Daguang Li
Dayuan Wang Dayuan Wang
Liming Lei Liming Lei
Jiunqi Li Jiunqi Li
Zi Feng Zi Feng
Guangcheng Yuan Guangcheng Yuan
Xiaoyu Tian


It recounts the harrowing story of life at one of Mao's camps, at the end of the fifties, where 'rightists' were sent to be 're-educated through labor'.

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Endurance Limits
31 October 2010 | by corrosion-2See all my reviews

There are some films that you enjoy and some that you admire but not necessarily enjoy watching. The Ditch comes under the latter category. This enactment of the brutalities handed out to some Chinese citizens in late fifties & early sixties by the Mao regime, under the guise of "Re-Education", is certainly tough going. In fact there were several walkouts in the screening that I attended. Although The Ditch is a well made film with realistic performances and tightly controlled direction, it does raise the question of what is necessary to be shown on the screen and what should be left to the viewer's imagination. As an example, a graphic depiction of some one throwing up food and another prisoner feeding himself on the vomit is not everybody's idea of entertainment or even enlightenment. But, as a piece of film making and a history lesson, The Ditch has many worthwhile attributes though one may want to look the other way during certain scenes.

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Release Date:

14 March 2012 (France) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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