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Program Title: Little Play Things [Xiao wanyi]
EASC Code: CL-02
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language:
Subtitles:
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director:
Producer: Lianhua Studios
Release Date: 1934
Running Time:
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: "A beautiful and skilled village woman crafts small toys from clay and bamboo that her husband then sells in a nearby town. Ye's husband dies and her little son disappears, marking the beginning of her tragic slide into myriad catastrophes--warlords destroy the village, cheap modern toys begin to outsell the handmade works Ye and her equally gifted daughter create, and death dogs the once-happy toymaker. Mistaking New Year firecrackers for bombs, Ye--far gone in madness--takes up arms against imaginary enemies. Is humankind, the film seems to ask, only "small toys" in the hands of Fate?"
Data Entry Date: 1/25/1999