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The Blue and the Black

The Blue and the Black (1966)

118 min - Romance, Drama, War - 29 June 1966
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It's a powerful melodrama about a thwarted romance in 1930s Tientsin, China, during the Japanese occupation, and it stars Linda Lin Dai, one of the era's most popular stars. It was part of Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films.

Director:  Doe Ching
Writers:  Doe Ching

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It's a powerful melodrama about a thwarted romance in 1930s Tientsin, China, during the Japanese occupation, and it stars Linda Lin Dai, one of the era's most popular stars. It was part of Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films.


Collections: Doe Ching

Genres: Romance, Drama, War

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  29 June 1966

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Production Companies:  Shaw Brothers

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Runtime:  1 h 58 min

“The Blue and the Black” (藍與黑) is a seminal novel by Wang Lan, a writer from the Republic of China. First published in 1958, it is esteemed as one of the four major novels of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The novel’s intertwining of personal stories with historical events has led to its adaptation into various media forms, including films and television dramas.

Narrative and Historical Context

Plot Summary

The novel tells a poignant love story involving three characters: Chang Hsing-ya, Tang Chi (an orphan), and Cheng Mei-chuang from a prominent family. Set against the backdrop of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the narrative continues through the Second Chinese Civil War and concludes with the migration of the Republic of China government to Taiwan in 1949. The story spans various locations in China, including T’ien-chin, Pei-ching, Ch’ung-ch’ing, Shanghai, and even Taipei, Taiwan, reflecting the geographical shifts in line with the Republic of China government’s relocation.

Thematic Focus

The novel is renowned for its intricate narrative interwoven with significant historical events. It effectively captures the spirit of its era, particularly within the context of anti-communist literature of the 1950s. The story concludes in T’ien-chin, where the protagonists, involved in anti-communism activities, reunite. This ending echoes the government’s aspiration of retaking the mainland and reviving the nation.

Cultural and Literary Significance

Anti-Communist Literature

“The Blue and the Black” is regarded as a pivotal work in Taiwan’s anti-communist literary movement during the 1950s. It holds a distinctive place in the literary landscape for its narrative style and thematic content. The novel’s ability to intertwine personal narratives with the broader political and historical context of the time contributes to its lasting popularity and relevance.

Word Count and Timeframe

The novel, with a word count of approximately 420,000 words, covers a critical period in Chinese history, beginning with the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 and culminating in 1949 with the Republic of China government’s retreat to Taiwan.

Legacy and Adaptations

“The Blue and the Black” continues to be a significant work in Chinese literature, thanks to its rich narrative and historical depth. Its adaptations into films and TV dramas testify to its enduring appeal and its role in shaping the understanding of a tumultuous period in Chinese history. The novel remains an essential read for those interested in the interplay of personal stories and historical events, especially in the context of mid-twentieth-century China.

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