Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this typical Chinese melodrama set in an atypical location -- the university -- a young and poor female student comes to discover that one of her roommates in the dorm is actually her half-sister. During the Cultural Revolution (1964-1979), the young student's father, a writer, was condemned to work in the mines and eventually dies in a mining accident. Meanwhile, her mother marries a well-placed official and leaves her daughter with poor relatives. After she has grown up and is working her way through school, the daughter accidentally meets her long-lost mother, and the news about her half-sister is revealed. The drama continues at the dorm, as the young woman is having a hard time meeting her expenses, rich half-sister or not. Meant to evoke tears in a sympathetic audience, this predictably maudlin film is not likely to have the same effect on anyone living outside China's political, cultural, and geographic borders.
half-sister, missing-person, poverty, roommate, student, writing