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Starting out in the 1970s, Feng Xiaogang’s film chronicles the joys and travails of a provincial military-arts troupe, People’s Liberation Army soldiers whose duty it is to promote culture, revolutionary values, music, and dance in support of the Cultural Revolution. At the center is Xiaoping, a dancer from Beijing with a painful family history. Due to her innocence and social status, she quickly becomes a scapegoat and laughing stock among her peers. But as years pass and the group splinters apart, her life takes unexpected turns, and she emerges a true heroine. “A whirl of grand, dramatic gestures . . . punctuated by landmark historical events, Luo Pan’s swirling camerawork capturing astonishing landscapes and impressively choreographed set pieces.” —The Hollywood Reporter. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Filmography: I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016), Back to 1942 (2012), Aftershock (2010), The Dream Factory (1997)

Reviews: Chicago Reader, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Variety

Interviews: The Upcoming

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Feng Xiaogang

Back to 1942

In 1942, Henan province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million people. Although the primary cause was a severe drought, the situation was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease, Kuomintang government corruption, and the chaos of the Sino-Japanese War. Like his

I Am Not Madame Bovary

Superstar actress Fan Bingbing stars in this searing and fearless satirical comic drama about a cafe owner’s epic battle with the bureaucracy over the wrongs of her swindling ex-husband. As she doggedly fights a “fake divorce” from the provincial courts all the way to Beijing, Li manages to flummox every male government functionary in her