Release year: 2016
Run time: 133 mins
Film type: Documentary
Having dance parties at weekends and assigning good-looking female art troupe members and actors to dance with the chief executive was once a common phenomenon in mainland officialdom after 1949. This film records the tragic fate of two actors and couples in a cultural and industrial troupe of a military region, and their obedience and resistance to the political task of “serving the chief”.
Wang Yunlong joined the military art troupe in the 1950s as an actor and choreographer and participated in the Sino-Vietnamese border war. In the late 1980s, he began to produce documentary films, completing more than 20 works. Among them, Singing Praise , which reflects the transformation of a peasant writer, and To Justify Bu Qinfu , about actors who died in the Cultural Revolution, have been highly critically acclaimed.