| Xiu Xiu, The Sent Down Girl
洗去她的污辱, 喚回人性純真, 蒼天下淚大地神傷榮獲7 項金馬獎柏林影展金熊獎提名及世界各地多項大獎
Director: Joan Chen
Starring: Lu Lu Lopsang, Qian Zheng, Li Zhizheng
The story is narrated by a passionate
admirer of the principal character (Luoyong Wang), who is sadly taking
leave of his young girl friend Wenxiu, nicknamed Xiu Xiu (Lu Lu). An
innocent resident of the city of Chengdu, she has been promised a job as
a leader of the prestigious girls' Iron Cavalry, an appointment which
would presumably be awarded after a one year's training program at hard
labor followed by a six months' assignment to a remote region bordering
At the Spartan training camp, the only
entertainment for the youthful participants is an occasional
black-and-white propaganda movie, concluding with a song in which the
entire audience joins. To Xiu Xiu's surprise, she is ultimately sent
down to a barren, isolated land to work the horses with a twenty-year
veteran horse herder, Lao Jin (Lopsang), known far and wide as a man who
had been castrated during a Tibetan uprising and who therefore poses no
threat of improper conduct with the girl.
At the conclusion of the six months'
assignment--during which time she has become fond of the much older man
who treats her gently and who has obviously been taken by her innocent
charms--she is eager to return to the bustling Chengdu, but no such
Nobody comes to pick her up and give
her the documents she needs to live there. Instead, a number of
individuals pass through, claiming the ability to help her get the
residence permits in return for her sexual favors. She quickly loses her
innocence and her modesty, while the unhappy Lopsang is impotent to come
to her aid. ULtimately Lopsang, the only person outside her own family
to care for her, grants her the peace she so earnestly seeks.
This movie is truly incredible on many
fronts. Firstly, the story is incredibly moving and powerful, without
any schmaltz and the heavy-handed preaching about who's "right" and
who's "wrong" that most Hollywood films resort to.
Most of the film examines the
relationship between Xiu Xiu and the Tibetan herder she is forced to
live with as part of her "re-education". The acting throughout is
superb, with the two leads delivering subtle yet powerful performances.
The photography and settings are breathtaking, and I didn't find the
music intrusive at all...
List Price: US $18.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
Can be played on any DVD player in the
"Restricted: Under 17 requires accompanying parent
or adult guardian."