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The Critique of My Long March
Lang. 3750 100
Dr. Xiaojun Wang

The Critique of My Long March

In my class, on July 1st, we watched a movie titled, My Long March, which was filmed in mainland China. This movie employed 110,000 crew/actors and spanned over 6,000 miles of the historical Red Army route. This movie was made in order to commensurate the Seventieth anniversary of the Long March. This film was directed by Zhai Jungie and produced by August First Film Studio in 2006. Zhai Jungie directed an earlier film titled, Axis of War, and My Long March is intended to be a continuation of the storyline. The leading actors in the movie were Zhong Qiu, Wang Ying and Wang Jia. This movie won the Golden Rooster Award for best supporting actor and was nominated in 6 other categories.

The story centers around a boy of 13, named Wang Ruir and his memories during the Long March. The movie shows the travels of the Red Army, the loss of his father, sister and brother-in-law during the saga. The movie depicts the relationship between Wang Ruir and military leader, Mao Zedong who is credited with saving the young boy’s life and guiding him tenderly throughout Wang Ruir’s journey into his teenage years. The film is a memoir of Wang Ruir’s and China’s losses during these turbulent times in the country’s history and the perseverance of the Chinese people.

Since this movie was intended to commensurate the 70th anniversary of the Long March, many figures, settings and conflicts were based on the true history of China. According to Encyclopedia Britannica the migration of the soldiers was historically correct as the “communist troops crossed 18 mountain ranges and 24 rivers to reach the northwestern province of Shaanxi”. In addition, the troops were depicted in a very heroic manner which in turn, inspired many young Chinese to join the Communist Party.

The movie is set to occur in the 1930s, and the Long March resulted in the move of the communist revolutionary...
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