New Year Sacrifice/Red River Valley [2 Discs] [DVD]

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New Year Sacrifice
Based on an original short story by renowned Chinese author Lu Xun, New Year Sacrifice tells the harrowing yet moving tale of a young woman whose tragic life eventually forces her to the fringes of society. In the years before the Revolution of 1911, an impoverished woman is sold off as a child bride. When her husband dies an unexpected death shortly thereafter, the young widow is enslaved and eventually sold by her cruel mother-in-law. Though her subsequent marriage to a poor peasant surprisingly turns out to be a happy one, the woman soon finds fate striking back with a vengeance as her husband and child pass on seemingly before their times. As a result of her constant misfortune, the frightened villagers begin to look upon the woman as a bad omen. Now shunned from society, the tragic woman is forced into a life of seclusion and loneliness. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Red River Valley
Very much a celebration of Chinese solidarity in the face of the return of Hong Kong to their control, this costume drama begins at the turn of the century as a virginal Chinese girl flees via a raging river from being sacrificed in a religious ceremony. When she emerges, she is in Tibet where she becomes part of a local community. At the same time, a Scottish explorer and his British interpreter enter the same area and are saved from execution by a Tibetan horseman who takes them back to his tribe. Following the Scotsman's departure, the interpreter (who decides he prefers village life to that of his fellow colonialists) begins falling for the beautiful daughter of the headman, but she wants the horseman. Unfortunately, he is interested in the Chinese girl. Trouble and much bloodshed occurs after the wicked Scotsman returns with British troops in hopes of colonizing Tibet. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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