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Huang tu di (Yellow Earth)

Posted by martinteller on September 13, 2010

Not as grandiose as Chen’s later film Farewell, My Concubine… this is a small-scale story about the problems of the poor rural Chinese and Communism’s failure to solve them.  Again, it reminded me of Zhang Yimou, especially his earlier films, and no wonder: Zhang was the cinematographer on this.  I thought it was generally very well done, and wisely keeps the running time short for such a simple story.  The use of songs was quite nice, although I thought it was unnecessary to augment them with instruments (including some that occasionally sounded like synthesizers, but I could be mistaken).  Good performances, too.  Not a “rock your world” type of movie, but a solid and subtle one.  Rating: 8


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