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Modern Beijing Opera Movie: Takeover of Wei-Hu Mountain
Performed by Tong Xiangling, Shen Jinbo, Qi Shufang, Shi Zhenquan
Produced by Beijing Film Production Factory
VCD published by China Record Company
ISRC CNA019800920

Taking Tiger Mountain by StrategyDisguised as a bandit, Yang Zirong (portrayed by Tong Xiangling) was heading towards the bandit headquarters in order to destroy it.

"Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy" is one of the outstanding model theatrical works created to follow Chairman Mao's revolutionary line on literature and art during the great cultural revolution. It describes an episode in the great Chinese People's War of Liberation, a battle in which a pursuit detachment of the Chinese People's Liberation Army wiped out a Kuomintang die-hard gang in northeast China. The opera creates the brilliant images of Yang Zirong and other proletarian heroes by the method of combining revolutionary realism with revolutionary romanticism, and eulogizes Chairman Mao's great thought on people's war.

8 Model Plays

The so-called eight model plays were officially formed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). They were the only plays performed at that time. Materials were from the communist activities or related subjects. Actually the then staged modern plays were not just limited to eight. They are the "The Legend of Red Lantern", "Sha Jia Bang", "The Harbor", "Takeover of Wei-Hu Mountain", "Hymn of Dragon River", "Battle on the Plain", "The Du-Juan Mountain", "Sweeping the White Tiger Regiment", "Pan-Shi-Wan" and "Red Woman Detachment". The model plays were then " translated" into other local operas. Usually that means adopting the playscripts as they were and changing the music accordingly.

Modern plays can be understood as a trial of reform to this grand old art. Traditional plays feature the stories of ancient or pre-modern Chinese history. There are certain forms for the costumes, the character face paintings, stage properties, musical melodies and stage actions. But most of these are not applicable to the modern plays. For example, modern weapons, such as pistols and rifles, are used on the stage in stead of pears and swords. Therefore new perforating forms were developed. The most famous change in the modern plays is the use of a huge orchestra including violins, piano etc instead of the usually small musical group, producing the most beautiful sounding effect. Stage setting was also enriched. Painted or light projected scenes were adopted. Costumes were different from the traditional plays. There were hardly any makeup applied. Therefore there was no face painted in the plays although some of the roles were still classified as painted faces.

现代京剧 智取威虎山     2 VCD
主演:童祥苓 沈金波 施正泉 齐淑芳


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