China: film on author Lu Xun


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China: film on author Lu Xun

Date: 9/14/05 at 5:44PM

From Shanghai Daily:

Portrait of the artist as a fighter

14/9/2005

A movie now showing in town profiles legendary author Lu Xun and his lifelong struggle for social justice in China, writes Xu Wei.

Lu Xun (1881-1936) is not only one of the greatest writers of modern China but his iron-will and unyielding spirit have helped him remain an inspiration to later Chinese generations.

Children grow up reading his books and poetry and can quote his sayings: “Take little but give much” and “Fierce-browed, I coolly defy a thousand pointing fingers; head bowed like a willing ox, I serve the children.”

Now this literary giant of the early 20th century will become more real to Chinese of all ages when he leaps from the pages of textbooks and onto the silver screen in “Lu Xun,” a movie about his life and struggles.

“Imagine being a person who had to shoulder so much pressure and survive so many misunderstandings and attacks in the gloomy, turbulent era in which he lived,” says Ding Yinnan, director of the film.

“As optimistic and strong-willed as he was, Lu must also have felt upset, confused and helpless at times. In this movie, all these emotions are shown and nothing is buried.”

The movie begins with several poetic episodes outlining Lu’s representative works – “The True Story of Ah Q,” “Aunt Xianglin” and “>The Diary of A Madman” and chronicles the last three years of Lu’s life (1934-36).

It pictures him as an old man with deteriorating health. Through a series of dream sequences, he revisits his past.

Impressive visual sequences show his happy family life, his close friendship with Qu Qiubai and with students Xiao Hong and Xiao Jun before the movie moves on to portray his sympathy for the plight of the workers.

Asked if the two-hour movie presents a complete outline of Lu and his life, Ding admits that that would have been “mission impossible” – two hours is not enough.

“Films always have to have a limited length,” says Ding.

“So we focus on the last days of Lu when he was approaching his death bravely and calmly.

No other scenes can better depict Lu’s extraordinary power and charm than when he was facing death.”

That’s true because near the end of his days, Lu understood life completely.

Facing the “White Terror” of the then Kuomintang regime, Lu was not worried about himself but about the safety and fate of revolutionary young people who were fighting for social justice in China.

English author Robert Tressell: here.

2 thoughts on “China: film on author Lu Xun

  1. Hello, I have had the pleasure to play in this movie when I was leaving in Republic of China. Do you know how I could get a copy (dvd?) of this film? I have not seen it yet. Thanks for your information. Tiffany R.

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