Huang tu di (Yellow Earth)
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Young Red Army soldier Gu Qing is sent to the northern Shaanxi region of China to learn local folk songs in 1939. He stays with a poor grumpy widower, along with his son Hanhan and his precocious teenage daughter Cuiqiao. The three are initially suspicious of the stranger, but they warm to him after hearing of the new ideas of the Communist party. Soon he teaches the silent Hanhan a song with the line, "Only the Communists can save the poor," but it is with Cuiqiao -- who will soon be sold into marriage to an older man who she has been betrothed to since infancy -- that Gu's talk… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The striking images of Yellow Earth... offer respite from a plot that bears the impress of the cultural arm of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"The first 'modern' film to emerge from China, and one of the most thrilling debut features of the '80s."
‑ , Time Out
"The film broke definitively with Chinese studio tradition and introduced a new sense of ambiguity in the relation between political ideology and praxis."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Justifiably celebrated for its daring, colorful visuals and innovative, eye-opening rhythms."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Yellow Earth is the most impressive film from mainland China unveiled so far in the West."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Deeply rooted in the life of the villagers, this is a film about the notion of change -- something not countenanced by the authorities."
‑ , Film4
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