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Program Title: the Herdsman
EASC Code: CH-04
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama, Literature
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Xie Jin
Producer:
Release Date: 1982
Running Time: 106 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "At the Peking Hotel, one day in 1980, a reunion take place between Xu Lingjun, a poor herdsman and his father Su Jingyou, an American millionaire. They had lost touch since the eve of Liberation. Xu Jingyou, who was then a Nanjing capitalist, fled to America. He left his wife and his son behind. Jingyou prospered in America and founded a new family there; his former wife soon died. In 1957, Su Lingjun, his son, was wrongly branded a 'Rightist,' and sent to the far North-western pastures. There, he developed a great affinity for his fellow herdsmen, the vast grasslands and the horses he raised. He married a brave and honest girl. They were poor, but with courage and perserverance the couple improved their lot and they led a simple and happy life. In 1979, Lingjun was rehavilitated and assigned to teach the children. His dream of being a teacher was fulfilled, and he devoted all his life to the job. Then suddenly Lingjun is called to Beijing where his father awaits him and wats him to move to America . . . ."
Data Entry Date: 3/28/2000