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Program Title: Hibiscus Town
EASC Code: CH-03
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Xie Jin
Producer: Shanghai Film Studio
Release Date: 1986
Running Time: 126 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "Hibiscus Town is a simple town surrounded by beautiful scenery. Kind-hearted and pretty Hu Yuyin sells a local variety of beancurd made from rice. She works hard and lives frugally together with her husband Guigui. As a result, they save some money and finally manage to build a new house. However, this new house brings them trouble. During the "four clean-ups" movement of 1964, they are classified as new rich peasants. Their house is confiscated, and Guigui is driven to suicide. Later, curing the 'cultural revolution,' Hu Yuyin is sentenced to sweep the streets every day together with the Rightist Qin Shutian, who is known as "Madman." They help each other and gradually fall in love. However, misfourtunes never come singly. Qin is sentenced to ten years' imprisonment, and Hu Yuyin almost dies when she has a difficult labour."
Data Entry Date: 2/28/2000