With the defeat of the “Gang of Four” and the beginning of Deng Xiaoping’s era of reform, Chinese filmmakers began to create works that cast critical looks at the injustice and excesses of the preceding decades. Xie Jin, already the “grand old man” of Chinese cinema and its most respected director, made this deeply moving study of the clash between personal feelings and Party loyalty during the 1957 Anti-Rightist Campaign. When Song Wei’s fiancée Luo Qun is denounced as a “right-wing traitor” by Party official Wu Yao, he is sentenced to ten years’ hard labor. Song Wei breaks off her engagement, and eventually marries Wu Yao. Years later, political currents have shifted; Song Wei demands that her husband — now a powerful Party official — seek Luo Qun’s rehabilitation, but Wu Yao has no desire to open up old political and emotional wounds. Xie Jin captures the sense of a fear and caution of a generation that had experienced over twenty-five years of devastating persecutions. —Film Society of Lincoln Center
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