Yellow Earth- -
Yellow earth focuses on the story of a Communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns that the happy songs he was sent to collect do not exist; the songs he finds are about hardship and suffering. He returns to the Army, but promises to come back for the young girl, Cuiqiao, who has been spellbound by his talk of the freedom women have under Communist rule and who wants to join the Communist Army.
“Yellow Earth (黄土地; Huáng tǔdì) is a 1984 Chinese drama film directed by Chen Kaige, marking his directorial introduction. With remarkable cinematography by Zhang Yimou, the movie narrates the journey of a Communist soldier tasked with gathering folk tunes in the countryside for the Communist Revolution. At the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005, the film ranked fourth among the 100 Best Chinese Motion Pictures. Produced by Guangxi Film Studio, the narrative stands out as it relies more on imagery than dialogue, making it the first of its kind since the 1949 Communist Liberation. This departure from traditional storytelling, as well as its nuanced take on the Communist Party’s effectiveness during the revolution, stirred controversy in China.
In the plot, Gu Qing, a propaganda soldier from the CCP Eighth Route Army, ventures to the northern Shanbei region. He seeks peasant folk songs to adapt into communist anthems. As the story unfolds, he comes to live with a humble family in a village, learning the challenges of rural life. Central to the narrative is a 14-year-old girl, Cuiqiao, bound by tradition to marry an older man. She dreams of escaping her fate and joining the CCP. Despite Gu Qing’s efforts to deter her, Cuiqiao’s desperation leads her to take a perilous journey across the Yellow River. The film culminates with a poignant rain dance, symbolizing the community’s collective hope in the face of adversity.”