Scenes of Yan’an (aka On the Northwest Line)
Dirs / Scrs: Lam Tsong, Tsui Tin-cheung
1938 / B&W / D Beta / Silent / 14min
Live music accompaniment: Wong Yan-kwai and friends
Scenes of Yan’an (aka On the Northwest Line) is the first film in which Hong Kong film makers were authorised to shoot in the headquarters of the Chinese Communists. The crew from Hong Kong entered Yan’an via Hankou and Xi’an with assistance from the Hankou Eighth Route Army. They recorded scenes of Mao Zedong and Zhu De commanding and training troops in Xi’an. The film also covered the life of people in Lu Xun Art Academy and Shanbei Public School. Despite being a short film, this is an important record of Yan’an as the capital of Communist Revolution. It also reflects the patriotism of Lin Cang, Xu Tianxiang and Jin Kun, who were part of the young production crew. The film was not screened publicly until June 1941. This film was donated to the Hong Kong Film Archive by Ms. Dolores Wang, daughter of the deceased Mr. Wang Man-chi, who once risked his life to preserve it.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Double bill with A Page of History
* Post-screening talk with Lai Shek
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