|Li Youbin||Lu Guangda|
|Shao Bing||Zhao Liming|
|Li Xuejian||General Feng Shi|
|Qu Ying||Su Yu|
|Yuan Quan||Zhou Xiaomei|
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Generally cited as a movement that began in 1966 and lasted until 1976, and spearheaded by the eminent Mao Zedong, the Cultural Revolution of China functioned as a governmental attempt to violently purge all capitalist thought from the country, and thus restore it to a more Marxist-Leninist paradigm. Accompanying this was a renaissance that impacted all aspects of contemporary Chinese life and society. Although this two-film set is entitled, "Films from the Cultural Revolution," the two motion pictures that are featured here actually reflect on events within the framework of the said Revolution, in lieu of being made during that period. The first, director Teng Wenji's 1998 Rhapsody of Spring, dramatizes the life story of one of China's most historically vital composers (named Zhao Liming in the film but historically based on Shi Guangnan), conveying his experiences during and immediately following the youth-led cultural upheaval of the title. Shao Bing stars in the title role. The second picture in the set, 2002's Roaring Across the Horizon (aka Heng Kong Chu Shi) - from director Chen Guoxing - revisits China's still-controversial nuclear arms race during the 1950s and 1960s, keeping an eye on the country's attitude toward external global influences. The story itself intertwines the lives of two individuals: General Feng Shi (Li Xuejian), a man assigned to find an appropriate testing site, and Lu Guangda (Li Youbin), a physicist put in charge of developing a nuclear bomb. The latter experiences a difficult separation from his wife, and in the wake of that, the two men forge a unique friendship. The movie rests on the thesis that China wouldn't have launched a nuclear program without the strong anti-Communist stance by America and other western nations.
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