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Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)

Tian yu (original title)
Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wenxiu (Xiu Xiu) (as Lu Lu)
Lopsang ...
Zheng Qian ...
Li Chuanbei
Jie Gao ...
Mother
Qianqian Li ...
Sister
Yue Lü ...
Father
Qian Qiao ...
Chen Li
Cheng Jiang ...
Rider A
Xiaoyu Yang ...
Girl
Xuejun Gu ...
Rider B
Huzi ...
Hooligan
Zhizheng Li ...
Headquarter's Chief
Kun Zhang ...
Assistant
Shijin Li ...
Jeep Driver
Dong Jia ...
Yak Herder A
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Storyline

Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a Tibetan saddle tramp Lao Jin to learn horse herding. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexual content | See all certifications »
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16 November 2000 (Hong Kong)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,880 (USA) (9 May 1999)

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$1,000,000 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although the U.S. distributor claimed the film was banned in China for sexual and political content, the script was actually approved by the Chinese government. The film was only banned after the filmmakers decided not to wait for permits before shooting in Tibet (such permits are required for a film to receive official approval). See more »

Goofs

From 89:34 to 92:18, Xiu Xiu's right side hair is braided; from 92:30 on, her left side hair is braided instead. See more »


Soundtracks

Water of Desire
Lyric by Johnny Chen
Performed by Chyi
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Concise yet haunting
23 January 2000 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I have watched movies from China for many years, dating to the early martial arts films from (ca.) 1950's. This work is one of the finest, most coherent, focused, and most beautifully rendered. I trust that Joan Chen will continue writing and directing.

The plot and scene pallet were simple, leaving room for the excellent acting and poignant cinematography to show. Character development was superb. The film did not need the lecturing normally reserved for the poorly done party films of the period described. And, of course, the story provides a glimpse into the humanity of the Chinese people, in that system, without polish, making a subtle link to other human beings.

If this is the Joan Chen who showed Yang form to an American on Washington Square in April, 1985 and who consulted with the same one at "Taste of China," 1988, I would appreciate a note. Last known address was New York, 1988.


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