This film told the story of the town of Henan during the war, where a severe drought and famine caused 3 million people deaths as a result. It was an epic production to say the least. I don’t know what their idea of ‘hope’ is when they wrote the synopsis, but all I saw was a tunnel with no light at the end of it. It’s pretty depressing seeing things get progressively worse, but I think it’s important to watch it anyways to understand that part of history- even if just a little bit- and think about those in unfortunate situations today. Another aspect to the film was showing how communist China functioned and their reasons for sending emergency aid to Henan was shocking in my point of view. On the other hand, it was also interesting to see the focus family in the movie was of an upper-class family amongst those who typically live in poverty.
Rating: Depressing as ever, but incredible film and story line. I give it 4 Oi’s out of 5.