The film depicts the Chinese people’s heroic resistance to British imperialism in the Opium War of 1840. British imperialists are shipping huge quantities of opium to China to poison her people. The Qing court sends Lin Zexu as high commissioner to Canton to enforce a decree prohibiting the trade. Lin has the full support of the people of Canton in his struggle against the British imperialists. He orders the burning of 20,000 chests of opium confiscated from British merchants. Seeking revenge, the British Imperialists launch war. Lin and his army in Canton fight back. The British troops withdraw but their gunboats go up north to attack Tientsin and threaten Peking, the capital. The corrupt Qing court panics and tries to appease the aggressor. It dismisses Lin and banishes him to far away Xinjiang. But the Chinese people take up resolute resistance to foreign invaders, beginning the century-long struggle against imperialism. —eyestrane.com
Zheng Junli (December 6, 1911 – April 23, 1969) was a Chinese actor and director born in Shanghai and who rose to prominence in the golden age of Chinese Cinema.
Zheng was born into an impoverished family, often harassed by creditors. At early ages, he showed great interest in reading and art performing. He left junior high at second grade and entered “Nanguo Art School” led by Tian Han and studied play acting.
During the 1930s, Zheng was an actor under contract with Lianhua Film Company. While with Lianhua, he played a number of roles, notably as the love-interest Yu Haichou in the film New Women opposite Ruan Lingyu.
From Sino-Japanese War to Establishment of PRC
After the war Zheng began to focus his efforts on directing, most notably with the film The Spring River Flows East (co-directed with Cai Chusheng) (1947) and his anti-KMT polemic Crows and Sparrows(1948). In 1957, the latter was awarded Excellent Movie Award first-class (1949… read more