The Old well = Lao ching

China, 1987

Film
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In an arid village in the Taihang mountains of Shanxi province the villagers have been digging unsuccessfully for water for many years. The village’s first college graduate tries to bring scientific rationality to their search for water. Zhiang Yimou, the director of “Red Sorghum” and cinematographer of “Yellow Earth”, plays the graduate. In contrast to Zhiang’s celebration of peasant earthiness in Red Sorghum, Wu, as in his earlier “Uncharted River”, brings a more realistic warts-and-all perspective to the portrayal of the Chinese people. As head of the Xi’an Studio, Wu was a key figure in the emergence of the ‘Fifth Generation’ of Chinese filmmakers. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

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director
production company

X'ian Film Studio Productions

Duration

02:13:00:00

Production places
China
Production dates
1987

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

35411

Language

Chinese

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Foreign language films

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → China - Social conditions

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - China

Foreign language films

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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