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Program Title: Richshaw Boy
EASC Code: CR-05
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles:
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Ling Zifeng
Producer: Beijing Film Studio
Release Date: 1982
Running Time: 123 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "This film is a screen adaptation of the novel by renowned writer Lao She. The story is set in the 1920s. Xiangzi, a simple and harworking young peasant, comes to Beijing to work as a rickshaw boy. Sturdy and strong-willed, he works furiously for three years, at the end of which he manages to buy a rickshaw. However, at that time Beijing was a war-torn city where warlords incessantly fought each other. One day, Xiangzi with his rickshaw falls over a cliff and is wrecked. Siangzi, narrowly escapes death and unexpectedly finds three stray camels. He sells them and returns to the rickshaw company. Thus, Xiangzi was nicknamed by his pals "Camel Xiangzi." Hunju, daughter of the rickshaw company's owner, is still single though she is already in her mid-thirties. This sharp-tongued woman somehow falls in love with Xiangzi, who is ten years her junior. Hunju has made up her mind to marry him, and she will finally prevails over Xiangzi's reluctance. Not long after their marriage, however, Hunju dies in labour. Xiangzi is left with nothing in this world. His spirit is broken by the burden of his misfourtunes, and he becomes just another human wreck, cast about by the waves of evil in the old society."
Data Entry Date: 2/28/2000