One and Eight

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One and Eight
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Traditional 一個和八個
Simplified 一个和八个
Mandarin Yīge hé bāge
Directed by Zhang Junzhao
Written by Wang Ji Cheng
Zhang Ziliang
Guo Xiaochuan (poem)
Starring Tao Zeru
Chen Daoming
Lu Xiaoyan
Cinematography Zhang Yimou
Xiao Feng
Production
  company
Guangxi Film Studio
Running time 90 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin

One and Eight is a landmark Chinese film from 1983. The film tells the story of eight criminals and a deserting Chinese officer in the communist Eighth Route Army caught in the midst of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Directed by Zhang Junzhao, One and Eight also features cinematography by the soon-to-be-acclaimed Zhang Yimou and stars Chen Daoming. It is based on an epic poem by Guo Xiaochuan.

Significance[edit]

One and Eight constituted an early collaboration between the graduates of the 1982 class of the Beijing Film Academy (notably classmates Zhang Junzhao and Zhang Yimou).[1] As such it is often considered one of the first films to move towards the more artistic and experimental mentality that is the hallmark Chinese cinema of the 1980s.[2][3]

In particular, the film's focus on humanism and personal conflicts signaled a paradigm shift away from the propagandistic films of the Cultural Revolution.[4][5]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Both Zhang Yimou and Zhang Junzhao were members of the so-called "Fifth Generation," or the first major group of filmmakers to graduate after the end of the Cultural Revolution
  2. ^ Yvonne Ng (2002-11-19). "The Irresistible Rise of Asian Cinema-Tian Zhuangzhuang: A Director of the 21st Century". Kinema. Archived from the original on 2007-04-16. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  3. ^ Li Xiao (2004-01-17). "Film Industry in China". China.org.cn. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  4. ^ "A Brief History of Chinese Film". The University of Edinburgh-Cinema China '07. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  5. ^ Zhang Yingjin (2003-10-10). "A Centennial Review of Chinese Cinema". The University of California, San Diego. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 

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