Third Sister Liu

(Liu Sanjie)

Digital Restoration

  • Introduction

    Andrew F. Jones is professor and Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Chinese in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, UC Berkeley.


Huang Wanqiu, Xia Zongxue, Zhang Ju-ke, Zhang Wen-jun,

A sharp-tongued crooning farm girl incites the masses against greedy landowners—through a singing competition!—in this eye-opening Communist musical, which manages to be surprisingly entertaining, vehemently anti-capitalist, and thanks to a striking setting within Guangxi’s limestone karst landscapes, quite beautiful. “Is that the one who loves singing and refuses to pay taxes?” demands Landlord Mo when news of tune-filled rabble-rouser Liu Sanjie reaches him; soon it’s time to throw down . . . in verse! Part of the film industry’s effort to showcase minority cultures aligned with state values, Third Sister Liu was based on Guangxi folk operas and a Zhuang legend, updated as an allegory of the Communist Revolution.

Jason Sanders
  • Qiao Yu
Based On
  • a Guangxi folk opera

  • Guo Zhenting
  • Yin Zhi
  • Mandarin
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 117 mins
  • China Film Archive

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