Escape-prone servant girl Qionghua is bought from her master by a wealthy businessman who turns out to be an organizer for the Communist party. She joins up eagerly, but her desire for revenge overshadows her commitment to the revolution, until she becomes a danger to her new comrades. One of the best films of the period, The Red Detachment of Women laces its politics with great expressions of personal passion and scenes of remarkable physical transformation. It was a favorite of Mao’s wife Jiang Qing, forming the basis for one of her “eight model plays.” —NYFF 09
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