Big military parade = Da yue bing

China, 1986

Film
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Four hundred volunteers, many of them fresh recruits still in their teens come to a training camp for eight months of intensive drilling. The film focuses on four of the young squaddies and two of the officers, looking at the ways they bond and split apart, but also at their most intimate feelings: their sense of physical inadequacy, for instance, or their hypocrisy in presenting an exterior they know to be false. It’s surprisingly humane and moving. There are images here whose power and grace burn themselves into the mind. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Credits

producer

Chen Kaige

Duration

01:42:00:00

Production places
China
Production dates
1986

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

35922

Language

Chinese

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

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

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → China - Social life and customs

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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