Set in a meat processing plant, the film features the ‘Three Lis’: Big Li, the chairman of the pliant workers’ union; Old Li, the workshop foreman; and his son, Little Li. In this Laurel and Hardy-esque world, Little Li is enamoured of calisthenics and seeks to involve all the workers in a daily workout. Old Li worries that even this mild form of exercise will distract the masses from the task at hand: production. One day the young Li accidentally locks his father in the refrigerated storeroom and as the old stalwart freezes, he sees that one way to keep warm is by doing callisthenics. Reality turns the recalcitrant into a die-hard tai chi enthusiast, and thereafter the meat processing plant enjoys the benefits of mass amateur athleticism. —morningsun.org
Xie Jin (simplified Chinese: 谢晋; traditional Chinese: 謝晉; pinyin: Xiè Jìn; November 21, 1923 – October 18, 2008) was an important Chinese film director. He came to prominence in 1957 directing the film Woman Basketball Player No. 5. Most recently he was known for the direction of The Opium War.
Xie is an extremely popular director amongst the older generations of Chinese, with six of his films being voted Best Picture in the Hundred Flowers Awards.
Xie was born in Shangyu, Zhejiang Province, and spent his childhood in his hometown and attended primary school for one year there. In 1930s, he moved to Shanghai with his parents and continued his education. In 1938, he followed his father to Hong Kong and studied there for one year. When returning to Shanghai in 1939, Xie enrolled in Daxia Affiliated High School and Jishan High School. In leisure time, Xie took courses at Huaguang Drama School and Jinxing Film Training School. His teachers included Huang Zuolin and Wu Renzhi… read more