Dir: Shi Hui
Scr: Yang Liuqing
Cast: Cheng Zhi, Zhang Hejun, Yu Ding, Shi Hui
1951 / B&W / DCP / Mandarin / Chi Subtitles / 104min
Renowned actor Shi Hui starred and directed this humorous war film, made towards the end of the Chinese Civil War. Shi plays the titular Captain Guan, a down-to-earth PLA soldier who can bravely lead his men into battle and still retain his humanity in the fires of war. Shi not only depicts an admirable commander who would change his plan of attack for Shanghai to minimize casualties; he also creates an ideal reality in which soldiers can work hand-in-hand with educators. Though originally made in anticipation of China’s changing political environment at the time, the film was condemned soon after its release for defaming the PLA’s image and being petty bourgeoisie. Denounced by the Communist Party as a reactionary during the Anti-Rightist movement, Shi Hui was eventually driven to suicide in 1957. Fortunately, the China Film Archive has restored Captain Guan as part of a major restoration project, and the film is one of the first films from the project to be publicly screened.
Screening Courtesy of the China Film Archive
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Lau Yam
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