The Big Road

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The Big Road
Chen Yanyan in the Big Road 1934.jpg
Chen Yen-yen in the Big Road with Zhang Yi
Directed bySun Yu
Written bySun Yu
StarringJin Yan
Li Lili
Zheng Junli
CinematographyHong Weilie
Distributed byUnited States (DVD):
Cinema Epoch (dvd)
Release date
Running time
104 min
LanguageMandarin Chinese
The Big Road

The Big Road (Chinese: 大路; pinyin: Dàlù), also known as The Highway, is a 1934 Chinese film directed by Sun Yu and starring Jin Yan and Li Lili. It is a silent film but with music and sound effects added post-production.[1] The film deals with a group of workers who are constructing a highway for use in the war against the Japanese.

The Big Road was named the 30th greatest Chinese film ever made by the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2004.[2]


Chen Yen-yen and Li Lilli in the film

Six cheerful young men work hard during the Second Sino-Japanese War constructing a highway which will enable the Chinese army to send men and logistics to the frontline against the Japanese. Deputy Hu, a hanjian, initially tries to bribe them, but later locks them up in a cell when they refuse to halt the construction and flee. Two girls from a local eating house who befriend them manages to rescue them, but one of the six men died in the process. The workers finish the highway on time, but end up sacrificing their lives after being gunned down by Japanese fighter aircraft once their work is completed.

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DVD release[edit]

The Big Road was released in the United States on Region 0 DVD on May 8, 2007 by Cinema Epoch. The disc featured English subtitles and also included Sun Yu's Queen of Sports.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Carter (2010). East Asian Cinema. Kamera Books. ISBN 9781842433805.
  2. ^ "Welcome to the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards". 24th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards. Retrieved 2007-04-10.

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