The Story of Yunnan (1994)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - China  |  
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This film, set in rural China offers Westerners a rare glimpse of Chinese rural life. It focuses on the life and loves of Zyuko, a Japanese teenaged girl abandoned in China immediately after World War II. She ends up marrying the Chinese officer who adopted her. Together they set out on foot to an isolated village in central Yunnan province. Her husband does not survive the trip and she is forced by tribal custom to marry his younger brother, Xia Lou. Eventually she accepts the marriage and settles down to a happy life filled with children and friends. In 1949, during the Cultural Revolution, Triumphant Communists attempt to deport her. After 40 years in China, she returns to Japan to attend an emotional class reunion.

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country-life, abandonment, child-abuse, class-reunion, marriage, reunion, slice-of-life, soldier, teenagers, widow/widower