Hibiscus Town

Synopsis: Love, humiliation and politics play out in a distant village of China during the cultural revolution.
Director(s): Jin Xie
  10 wins & 6 nominations.
164 min

Hibiscus Town

Shanghai Film Studios Production

with China Film Distribution & Exhibition

Original Story:
Gu Hua

Ah Cheng & Xie Jin

I choose the seeds from

among a half pint of soybeans...

My mother raised me,

but didn't choose my in-laws well...

Mama, you hurt me...

Mama, you hurt me...

The clear river water flows without end...

My lover is forever

in my heart, in my heart...

I choose the seeds from

among a half pint of soybeans...

My mother raised me,

but didn't choose my in-laws well...

Mama, you hurt me...

Mama, Mama, you hurt me, you hurt me...

Xie Jin

Sister Hibiscus... add a little

more hot pepper to my bowl!

- I want vinegar in mine!

- Coming up!

Sister Hibiscus, give me

some more green onion, hurry!

- Guigui...

- Hurry up...

Sister Hibiscus, I've

been waiting all day, hurry!

Coming right up!

- Did you add more hot pepper?

- Of course...

It's so hot your

belly button will catch fire...

If my belly button catches fire,

you have to come put it out!

Hey miss, one bowl of rice

tofu, with extra soup!

It's hot today, so I'll give you

a bowl of kun soup...

Whoa, Sister Hibiscus' hands

are whiter than the rice tofu!

You pig! Your wife must have not have

punished you lately by pulling your ears...

My ears have been waiting for you

to pull them... Go ahead, have a tug...

Get out of here, you brute!

Big Momma's here? Come sit here...

Make room, make room...

Are you well?

Business has been great lately, eh?

- Yeah... Yours has extra peppers

- Oh, great...

- Leaving? Take care...

- See you next time...

Hi, Sister Mangeng...

- Hi, Secretary Li...

- Pick a big one...

Brother Mangeng is here...

Eh, Secretary Li is here?

Eating tofu, eh? Have a seat...

- You want a bowl?

- Yeah, I'll have a bowl...

- Sister Hibiscus, bring me a bowl, too!

- Yeah, I heard you...

- Sister Hibiscus, here's the money...

- I'll collect it for you...

Yuyin, how much have you made today?


Keep going!

- Sister Hibiscus, hand me another bowl...

- Here you go!

Wang Qiushe, are you up yet?


Have you publicized tonight's meeting?

I'll do it right away...

- What do you think you're doing?

- Where's Director Li?

You think Director Li is in the pot?

I've got some important town business

to announce. If I'm delayed, it'll be on you!

Ha, you think your bullshit

duties are so important?

Even at the government shops an official

like me can't get a cup of hot water...

Don't touch!

The world has taken a turn for the worst!

You'd think the people in this

town had never had rice tofu before!

What do you know? Look closer...

Those men are acting like

hungry cats circling a dead fish!

Director, we should set up a food stall.

We'd definitely make money, you think?

Nonsense! We're a state-run business.

Our salary is dependable, but theirs?

Director Li, there's a town meeting

with the cadres tonight...

I know, I know...

The "Four Freedoms" policy is

getting abused more and more...

Old Gu, what are you busy with now?

- Nothing!

- I'd like a word with you...

You want to get dibs on grain again?

With such fine grain, you should be able

to cook up some pretty decent meals...

Whenever the grain distribution director

opens his mouth, its about grain...

The shop got some Wuling Yeast Liquor,

I want to give you two bottles special...

Come on, let me fry up

a couple dishes for you...

Forget about it, people say your state-run

shop serves up mouse shit in everything!

Watch your mouth!

Would I give you mouse shit?

Why don't you let me wash

the collar of your jacket then?

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