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Black Snow (1990)

Ben ming nian (original title)
A semi-literate who was deprived of schooling during the Cultural Revolution, Li Huiquan, is released from labor camp. But his attempts to make good are continually thwarted. His street ... See full summary »

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Fei Xie

Writer:

Heng Liu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hongxiang Cai Hongxiang Cai ... Cui Yongli
Wen Jiang ... Li Huiquan
Geng Li Geng Li ... Bar Manager
Nan Li Nan Li ... Middle school student
Tian Liang ... Ma Yifu
Cheng Lin Cheng Lin ... Zhao Yaqiu (as Lin Cheng)
Bin Liu Bin Liu ... Liu Baotie, policeman
Xiaoning Liu Xiaoning Liu ... Fang Chazi
Jin Meng Jin Meng ... Grandma Luo
Hong Yue Hong Yue ... Luo Xiaofen
Chunnian Zhang Chunnian Zhang ... Clothing vendors
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A semi-literate who was deprived of schooling during the Cultural Revolution, Li Huiquan, is released from labor camp. But his attempts to make good are continually thwarted. His street stall selling clothes puts him on the fringe of the black market, and he soon gets lured back into his old neighbourhood gangs. His disenchanted comrades include a nightclub chanteuse as well as an escaped convict. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Country:

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Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

14 April 1990 (Japan) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Accurate description for China, also applies elsewhere
19 November 2003 | by zzmaleSee all my reviews

ex-criminal who wants to go straight but society shut the door in his face, and he was thus forced back to the old ways.

This problem is not unique for China, but is common everywhere. The film however is unique for China in that it is among the first to courageously face this topic which public is far less enthusiastic to face. It can also be viewed as a wakeup call to criticize those with attitudes of "should not be committing crime from the start", which is extremely common in China. The problem here is that the guy did his time and wanted to go straight, attitude like this would only push him away from normal life and back to the arms of criminals.


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