Yellow Earth

  • Dir: Chen Kaige

  • 1984, Putonghua, 90min, DCP

  • Cast: Xue Bai, Wang Xueqi, Tan Tuo, Liu Qiang

With its stunning landscapes and ground-breaking aesthetics, Yellow Earth boldly announced the arrival of the maverick Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, including director Chen Kaige and his cinematographer Zhang Yimou. During the 1930s, Communist soldier Gu Qing (Wang Xueqi) visits northern Shaanxi to collect peasant folk songs for adaptation into Communist anthems. While learning the local customs, Gu inspires peasant girl Cuiqiao (Xue Bai), who dreams of joining the People’s Army to escape an arranged marriage to a much older man. But, as Gu and the Party march patriotically towards the future, Cuiqiao’s fate proves much less glorious. Offering an ambiguous and potentially critical reflection on the social-political landscape in modern China, Yellow Earth garnered global acclaim after its international premiere at the 9th HKIFF.

1985 Locarno International Film Festival, Silver Leopard Award

25.8.2018(SAT): Post-screening talk with Law Kar



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