THE BIG ROAD:
Six friends decide to head "north" and become involved in the construction of a highway crucial for the Chinese army. A hymn to the solidarity necessary for China to move ahead (and defeat the enemy), The Big Road
shows its young protagonists only discovering who they are when they become part of a collective action. The theme song, "Dalu," became a popular song for left-wing groups.
QUEEN OF SPORTS: Twin girls One of the silent era's biggest stars, Li Lilli starred in over a dozen films, contributing greatly to their rapturous reception in China. Queen of Sports, one of the most popular, is about an athletic village girl who comes to Shanghai to discover the true nature of competition and love.
Original music score by Toshiyuki Hiraoka
Essays by film critic Wade Major