Huang tu di (Yellow Earth)
Huang tu di (Yellow Earth) (1984)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: August 29, 1995
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Walter Goodman
New York Times

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.

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Time Out

The first 'modern' film to emerge from China, and one of the most thrilling debut features of the '80s.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

The film broke definitively with Chinese studio tradition and introduced a new sense of ambiguity in the relation between political ideology and praxis.

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TV Guide

Justifiably celebrated for its daring, colorful visuals and innovative, eye-opening rhythms.

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Variety Staff

Yellow Earth is the most impressive film from mainland China unveiled so far in the West.

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Deeply rooted in the life of the villagers, this is a film about the notion of change -- something not countenanced by the authorities.

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