Analysis Of Xie Jin 's ' Sun Detachment Of Women ' Essay

809 Words Mar 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Thus, for filmmaker Xie Jin, he had to first solve the following question: how can film governed by the criterion laid out in Mao Zedong’s 1942 “Talks at the Yan 'an Forum on Literature and Art” represent a high standard of revolutionary purity and be wildly appealing. Jin found his answer by developing a unified style to evoke meaning. Red Detachment of Women is an engrossing depiction of the transformation of household slave, Wu Qionghua, as the essence of the communist revolution taking over China. She is the embodiment of the lowest working class, while her mentor and savior Hong Changqing is the political commissar. This film presents a classic revolutionary melodrama where propaganda is represented throughout the film as an element of individual desire. That said, what appears to be an overindulgence of communist doctrine is made far more complex by the interactions between characters that indicate the desire behind the ideology. For me, no clips demonstrate this better than clip #10 “Landmark 2.” and clip #6 “We are joining the red army.”
The narrative of clip #10 is fairly straightforward: Wu Qionghua has just recovered after being shot by a lackey of the tyrannical Nan Batian. While walking along the path where the stone boundary marker lies, she notices a marching group of revolutionary recruits and Hong Changqing, the man who earlier emancipated her from proletarian servitude in that exact location. The stone boundary marker is especially important as it also…

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