Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Huozhe
China/Hong Kong, 1994. ERA International, Shanghai Film Studios. Screenplay by Wei Lu, Hua Yu, based on the novel by Hua Yu. Cinematography by Yue Lu. Produced by Fu-Sheng Chiu, Funhong Kow, Christophe Tseng. Music by Jiping Zhao. Production Design by Juiping Cao. Film Editing by Yuan Du. Cannes Film Festival 1994. Golden Globe Awards 1994.
Epic Chinese drama follows the exploits of You Ge as a man whose life is severely challenged by the cultural revolution. Starting off happily married (to Li Gong) with a young son, he loses contact with his loved ones when Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward tears the Chinese countryside apart and throws the entire nation into chaos and war. Featuring many powerful sequences and striking photography, it isn’t my first choice of director Zhang Yimou’s films, but it is a solid, worthy drama.