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Program Title: New Year Sacrifice
EASC Code: CN-03
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama, Literature
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Sang Hu
Producer: Dai Hao
Release Date: 1956
Running Time: 100 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "New Year Sacrifice is the first film to successfully transfer a work by Lu Xun, one of China's foremost contemporary writers, to the screen. Still a popular favorite at thome, New Year Sacrifice has made appearances at numerous international film festivals, winning a special award in Czechoslovakia. The story takes place in the years just before and after the Revolution of 1911, when the Qing Dynasty was overthrown. On a farm in Zhejiang Province lives a young widow, Xianglin, whose family tries to sell her to peasant He, who wants her for a bride. Sianglin instead manages to escape to the village, where she works as a housemaid. But Xianglin's family finds and kidnaps her, and the marriage takes place. Xianglin and He slowly fall in love, and their union produces a son. But tragedy strikes the family. First her husband dies, and then her baby is eaten by wolves. Returning to her former post as maidservant, Xianglin is treated as a ariah, eventually being forced to leave. She becomes a half-crazed beggar, finally dying on a village street on New Year's Eve. That New Year's Sacrifice suceeds so well is due in part to the fine acting by Bai Yang as Xianglin. Bai Yang is one of China's greatest leading ladies. Crossroads and The Spring River Flows East, two pre-Liberation classics, are among her numerous screen credits."
Data Entry Date: 2/28/2000