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Go back in time with 5 iconic red movies

2017-08-03 14:59 ChineseTime

Go back in time with 5 iconic red movies
The film Tunnel War [Photo/Mtime]


In China, there is a type of film called "red movie" which center on moving stories and valiant efforts of Chinese military men.

Red movies are a significant memory for a certain generation of Chinese people and some of the productions had huge social influence.

As China celebrates the 90th anniversary of the PLA's establishment, let's review some iconic classic red movies.

1. Tunnel War

Release year: 1965

Producer: August First Film Studio

Plot: The movie focuses on villagers from a small town defending themselves from Japanese invaders using a network of tunnels during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45).

Social position: It is considered to be one of the first movies to discuss the use of tunnels in war.

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The film Sparkling Red Star [Photo/Mtime]


2. Sparkling Red Star

Release year: 1974

Producer: August First Film Studio

Plot: It tells the story of Pan Dongzi and his transformation from an innocent teenager to a responsible hero.

Social position: It is considered to be a classic mix of war film, children's film and musical.

Go back in time with 5 iconic red movies
The film The Red Detachment of Women [Photo/Mtime]


3. The Red Detachment of Women

Release year: 1961

Producer: Shanghai Film Studio

Plot: Set in the 1930s, it follows two women who go into warfare.

Social position: It was elevated to one of the eight "revolutionary model theatrical works" by the end of 1966.

Go back in time with 5 iconic red movies
The film The Red Detachment of Women [Photo/Mtime]


4. Children of Troubled Times

Release year: 1935

Producer: August First Film Studio

Plot: The young poet, Xin Baihe, flees Shanghai with his friend Liang. Liang soon joins the resistance against the Japanese invaders, but Xin chooses to pursue a relationship with a glamorous and westernized widow in Qingdao. After hearing that Liang has been killed, however, Xin has a change of heart and rushes to join the war effort.

Social position: The story itself, with its tale of a wealthy man who learns to abandon the decadence of Western culture for self-sacrifice, was a common theme among films of the period.

Go back in time with 5 iconic red movies
The film Letter with Feather [Photo/Mtime]


5. Letter with Feather

Release year: 1954

Producer: Shanghai Film Studio

Plot: A young boy who, through his wits, delivers an important message to the 8th Route Army while evading imperial Japanese forces during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45).

Social position: It was extremely popular in China with its message of patriotism to children.

 

(China Daily)

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