Adapted from the film of the same name, this Chinese national opera tells a moving love story that takes place on the Tibetan plateau in the early 20th century. Red River Valley is a 1997 film about the British incursion into Tibet, starring Paul Kersey and Ning Jing. It was also released under the title A Tale of the Sacred Mountain. A book by Peter Fleming, Ian Fleming's brother, is credited in the movie. In 1961, Fleming published Bayonets to Lhasa: The First Full Account of the British Invasion of Tibet in 1904.
Though popular in China (where it won numerous prizes at China's three main award ceremonies: Huabiao, Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers), Red River Valley was little seen outside of the mainland.
The film's production was part of an official Chinese government effort -- also reflected in the schools -- to incorporate the Tibet incursion into the story of the century of humiliation China suffered at the hands of Western and Japanese invaders and commercial interests. The Chinese treat the Tibet episode, in which some 1,000 Tibetans died, as the Tibetans defending China.
Red River Valley [piao198.com.cn]
When: May 4-6, 2012 7:30 pm daily
Where: National Center for the Performing Arts
Ticket Price: RMB80-480 (US$12.7-76.2)
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