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Even without subs this is fascinating!




The play:



Also the inspiration for this modern epic.

Tracks in the Snowy Forest poster.jpg

Box office[edit]

The film topped the Chinese box office during its opening week earning US$51.9 million in six days. In its second week the film remained at the summit earning an additional US$58.3 million despite facing competition with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.[8] As of March 2015, the film has grossed over $150 million in China making it Bona's highest-grossing film and the tenth highest-grossing film of all time in China.[1]



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Giving the thread a more specific, searchable title.

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8 hours ago, ShawAngela said:

Sorry, I just realize that I mistook this title with " taking the birthday gifts caravan by strategy " or something like that !

No worry's, the thing about this opera is that there is not much propaganda in it as it is a true story. It was the Shanghai Opera Company who were cajoled,  to put it kindly to do this film and others. Mao Tse Tung took great interest in these opera's. You could not say NO to Mao or as the the Queen said to Alice; "Off with her head!",   

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Qi Shu Fang

Born in 1943 in Shanghai, China, Qi Shu Fang began studying Beijing Opera at age four. She enrolled at the Shanghai Dramatic School and studied with her sister-in-law, a renowned actress and a skilled wu-dan, or woman warrior. Beijing Opera roles are highly defined and stylized, and actors always specialize. Qi Shu Fang is unique in mastering both the wu-dan and hua-dan (vivacious young woman) roles because of her martial arts skills and exceptional voice. Historically, Beijing Opera had been a masculine art form and female roles were played by males, but after 1949, women began to emerge as performers. Qi Shu Fang was central in that movement. As a teenager, she had already attracted the attention of the great Mei Lan Fang and was later picked by Madame Jiang Qing, Chairman Mao’s wife, to play the female lead in “Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy,” one of the eight national model opera films produced during the violent upheaval of the Cultural Revolution. She quickly became famous and featured in performances and television and radio broadcasts throughout China.

In 1988 she left China at the height of her career and settled in New York City, where she and her husband Ding Meikui, established the Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company, a tight-knit group of Chinese immigrants, many of whom work long hours in unrelated jobs to support themselves and their families, but are nonetheless committed to their art form. In 2001 Mrs. Qi was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Over the years, she has traveled the world and has shown off her mastery of both the traditional and modern styles of Peking Opera performance throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.  In the United States she has been influential in shaping the careers of a new generation of performers, many of whom she has help emigrate from China. In addition to Ms. Qi, the film introduces four other artists.





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