Yellow Earth ★★½ Huang Tudi 1989
In 1939 a soldier arrives in a small Chinese village to research folk songs. He becomes involved in the lives of a local peasant family, including a 14-year-old girl who wishes to escape from a pre-arranged marriage. Mixture of poetry, dance, music, and drama set against the barren landscape of the title. In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. 89m/C VHS . CH Xue Bai, Wang Xueqi, Tan Tuo, Liu Qiang; D: Chen Kaige; W: Zhang Ziliang.