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The Red Women Army DVD

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Modern Peking Opera Film: The Red Women Army
Starring: Du Jinfang, Feng Zhixiao, Wang Jinghua
Director: Cheng Yin
Performed by China Beijing Opera Company
Produced by August First Film Studio, 1972
Published by China Three-ring Audio-Visual House, 2006
Media: 1 DVD
DVD region code setting: All regions
Picture Format: NTSC, MPEG-2, Color
Soundtrack: Chinese
Subtitles: Chinese and English
ISBN: 7880542418 / 9787880542417
ISRC: CNA600600030

The Red Detachment of Women is a revolutionary model of modern Chinese Peking opera. It describes that during the first revolutionary war, women of Hai Nan, who had been at the lowest social order, threw off the shackles, picked up the weapons and joined the Red Army becoming the best Red Army Women Warriors. Wu Qinghua, the poor girl (portrayed by Du Jinfang) was rescued by the cadre of Red Army, Hong Changqing (portrayed by Feng Zhixiao). Hong directed Wu to go to the Red Women Detachment.

modern beijing opera  survivors of red army woman warriors

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 play scripts 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.

革命现代京剧经典剧目 红色娘子军
演员:杜近芳 冯志孝 王晶华
字幕:中文(简体/繁体)/ 英文

现代京剧《红色娘子军》是根据当时的“八个样板戏”之一、同名现代舞剧改编排演的。无论是舞剧还是京剧的《红色娘子军》都是根据上海天马电影制片厂1961年拍摄的故事片《红色娘子军》改编并排演的,这说明这个有关中国革命第一支妇女武装的故事已是家喻户晓了。现代京剧《红色娘子军》公演之后在当时引起了极大的轰动,以后又反复修改排演数次,并在 1972年由八一电影制片厂搬上了银幕,演员冯志孝、杜近芳等所塑造的那些栩栩如生的人物形象留在了人们的记忆之中。


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