Under the Hawthorn Tree

Synopsis: "Under the Hawthorn Tree" tells the story of Jing, a naive city schoolgirl to be transferred to a remote village for "re-education" during the Cultural Revolution. In China's heavens reigns one solitary God, Mao. Jing's father has been jailed for "rightist" and her mother struggles to feed her three children. Jing knows that both their future and the welfare of her family depend, in view of the authorities, on their good behavior. A small error would be enough to ruin their lives. But Jing's prudent and peaceful existence is disrupted when she condescends to the attentions of Sun, the charming son of an elite military member. Due to the social gap separating them, a romance between them is unthinkable; even more so, dangerous. But the attraction is mutual, powerful and undeniable. Jing tries to resist, but Sun chases her politely, even after she is back to her native city. Love between the two blossoms. It is a pure, passionate and secret love. No one should know, still less her mother
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Yimou Zhang
Production: Beijing New Picture Film Company
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
114 min

Don't forget your belongings.

"Welcome to the City Academy No.8

Secondary Education Revolution Team."

Mr Zhang

- Nice to meet you.

- Youve arrived

Students, Mr. Zhang is the head of Xiping Village


We can go now. I'll lead the Way.

Here's the famous Tree of Heroes

I know this hawthorn tree.

It's called the Tree...

of Heroes because

during the Second Sino-Japanese War

our soldiers showed heroic devotion here.

And became revolutionary martyrs.

After the first hero

was executed by the Japanese at this tree,

countless others were sacrificed here too.

Their blood nourished the tree's soil.

Did you know that

hawthorns normally have white flowers?

But this one is different.

It grew with our heroes' blood,

and the flowers became redder and redder.

Today, the flowers are all red.

Yes, that's the story people tell.

This tree is a great source of inspiration

for our revolution's curriculum.

Greet our guests

Two students per household.


These peasants will be your hosts

Two students per household.


don't be a burden on your household.

You two together,

and you two

You two

One teacher per household.

Here's one more

You can stay at my house

Thank you, Mr Zhang

We're here.

She's here

Her name is Jing


Huanhuan, call her Auntie Jing.

Auntie Jing

Come on in.

My daughter Fang stays at school in town

so you can stay in her room.

Stop it, Huanhuan.

This is my eldest son, that's his Wife.

This is Huanhuan

This is Huanhuan

This is my daughter, Fang.

This is Fang.

My second son, Lin.

Father asked me

You get some water for our guest

Jing will be living with us.

She's a senior high school student from the city.

You can learn a lot from her.

Auntie, I'll help you cook.


So pretty

Of course, hair bands from the city are pretty.

Third Uncle also came from the city.

Huanhuan, go get Third Uncle for dinner.

And bring Auntie Jing with you.


Where's your third uncle?

The Geological Exploration Unit.

"I Walk along the path leading to the tree."

"Under the hawthorn tree,"

"the Wind gently tousles"

"the young Worker's and the blacksmith's hair."

"lovely Hawthorn,"

"White flowers blossoming on your branches."

"Dear Hawthorn,"

"why are you so sad"

Is this the writer from the city?

No, I'm not a writer.

I'm a student at the No. 8 Academy.

I'm learning about the village history,

to help my teacher write a curriculum.

Are you writing about the hawthorn tree?

How did you know?

I guessed



You should give it to the child.

Who says candy is just for kids?

Who says candy is just for kids?

That song was lovely.

It's a Russian song called "The Hawthorn Tree".

It was very popular in the 19505.

My parents sing it too.

Mr. Zhang said the Tree of Heroes is special

because it grows red flowers.

Is that true?

It was winter when I got here.

I Want to be sure,

because I'm putting it in the curriculum.

Just Write down what you've heard.

Is the color of the flowers important?

Of course it's important.

I have an idea.

Why not go and see the flowers in bloom?

When do they bloom?

May or June.

But I return to the city in April.

Then come back and we'll go together.

I might not get the chance.

Jing, sit here.

Fang, Jing is a year older than you.

You should call her Sister.

Sister Jing.

This is Eldest Brother.

Eldest Brother.

This is Sister-in-Law.


This is Second Brother.

Second Brother

This isn't army roll call.

You don't have to stand up.

This is the Third Brother.

Third Brother.

Third Brother.

I'm not a son in this family.

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