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JOURNEY TO THE WESTERN XIA EMPIRE



 
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The co-writer of Farewell My Concubine steps behind the camera for an impressive directorial debut. In medieval China, soldiers are dispatched by the emperor to collect male children who will be molded into warriors. The mother of one kidnapped child follows the soldiers' procession to care for her son, earning their respect and admiration in the process. Named Best First Film at China's 17th Golden Rooster Awards. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Lu Wei---China---1997---110 mins.