Synopsis by Mark Deming
A true story of courage against the odds is brought to the screen in this drama from China. Hu Xiaojun (Ma Yue) is a Chinese soldier whose battalion is sent to Vietnam when the two nations go to war in 1983. Hu and his comrades find themselves in a fierce battle when a grenade explosion knocks him unconscious. When Hu awakes, he discovers that his right arm has been amputated. Initially, Hu has tremendous difficulty dealing with new condition, but before long he becomes determined to do something most men in his position never achieve -- find a way to keep serving his country as a soldier despite having just one arm. Hu also believes that losing his arm makes him no less of a man, and he sets out to win the heart of Fan Chunxiao (Xu Jun), the lovely nurse he fell for while she helped care for him in the hospital. Produced in association with the People's Liberation Army, Wode You Shou (aka My Left Hand) was based on the true story of Ding Xiaobing, who after losing an arm in battle continued to serve in the military and eventually rose to the rank of colonel in the People's Armed Police.