darkest days of contemporary Chinese history – The Cultural Revolution of
the 1960s, Young Tao and his two high school friends, Gao Hua and Lee
Bing, experience firsthand the harsh ideological and political
suppressions by the communist dictator Mao.
Their classmates are swept up in the fervor of revolution, and their plans
to attend university are dashed. Young Tao’s father’s background as a
“counter-revolutionary” makes Young Tao and his family the target of the
When their friends fell victim to the brutality of the East Wind Red
Guards, they join the opposing Red Guard faction, the Red Flags, to fight
the East Wind. Their friendship grows during the turmoil of the
After the anarchy period of the Cultural Revolution, Young Tao and his
friends are forced to move to the countryside for re-education. In the
village, Young Tao meets Lee Yin, a beautiful, sympathetic and supportive
village girl. Their relationship blossoms.
Soon the peaceful village life comes to an end as Young Tao witnesses the
mass execution of counter-revolutionaries. Young Tao and his two friends
undertake a daring escape attempt to Hong Kong. They are caught on the
Chinese coastline. They undertakes the second attempt after they are
released from jail, however, the second escape ends tragically, with the
deaths of Young Tao’s two friends.
Undeterred, Young Tao, with the blessing of his mother and Lee Yin,
undertakes one final escape attempt, and makes it to Hong Kong, attaining
2009 Kent Wong
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