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Cut out the Eyes

Xu Tong

Release year: 2014

Run time: 80 mins

Film type: Documentary


At the age of fifty, Er Housheng is a performer of traditional Chinese folk duets known as "Errenzhuan" and a wandering artist in the Hetao region of Inner Mongolia, making a living through singing. Twenty-four years ago, he had both of his eyes gouged out by enemies. Having miraculously survived, he turned this harrowing experience into a Errenzhuan song titled Cut out the Eyes, which gained popularity in the northern regions of Inner Mongolia and Shanxi. The film documents the daily life of Er Housheng, recounting those tragic experiences and portraying the life circumstances he has endured and continued beyond death.


Director biography

Xu Tong, born in Beijing in 1965. In 1983, attended the Journalism and Photography programme at the Communication University of China. Xu currently resides and works in Beijing. He made documentaries "Wheat Harvest," "Fortune Telling," and "Shattered" collectively referred to as the Nomad Trilogy. Subsequently he completed the documentaries "The Fourth Brother" and "Cut Out the Eyes." He has participated in numerous domestic and international film festivals, receiving awards. In 2011, he was awarded as the "Cultural China Person of the Decade" by the Oriental Morning Post. In 2013, the novel "Treasure Island" was published by the Yangtze Literature and Art Publishing House.