Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
A little boy raised by adoptive parents on a farm near a crane preserve is suddenly taken away from them when his real mother, exiled during the period of the Gang of Four (early to mid-1970s), comes back to claim her son and raise him in the city where he will have the value of a good education. The adoptive parents want what is best for the boy and so they tearfully agree to release him to his mother. Once in the city, the child dutifully practices the piano but longs so much for his beloved cranes that it is only a matter of time before he rebels and goes back to his roots on the farm. Good photography is mixed with the usual Chinese melodrama, to create an uneven story, at least for foreign audiences.
adoption, custody-battle, education, exile, rebel