Theprotagonist Fugui and his wife Jiazhen endure disorderly events intheir homeland country china. Their family fortune’s is taken awayby man named Long’er who is a peasant. Fugui’s behaviour ofgambling leads him to lose everything. Some years later, he isconscripted during a performance into Kuomintang while his wifeJiazhen is pressed into menial work. Eventually, they struggled andmanaged to raise a family from the 40’s to about thirty successioncenturies up to 70’s (Zhang& Gong, 1994).Basically, it is a story about a personal life, with epic.
Thetheme of human resilience is much evidence in this story. Humanresilience is the mental ability of recovery from depression. AfterFugui’s wife abandoned him due to his behaviour of gambling, theyeventually reunite and raise a family. Furthermore, we see Fugui andhis friend being conscripted and thereof they are both captured andthe communist party of china forces them to entertain the troops.Afterwards, Fugui is able to return home (Zhang& Gong, 1994).
Thetheme of comedy is seen in the film where it unfolds Fugui’s live.After the hardship battle, Fugui decided to entertain people throughperforming shadow puppetry. This seizes intention of most people.Decades later, fugue and Jiazhen are requested to donate all the ironin their possession to the National drive for making steel and toproduce weapons. Fugui entertain the entire town where he is devotedthe privilege of producing steel.
Therelationship between the state and individual is somehowcontroversial. We encounter differences of the states as it tries touphold and preserve the traditional morals. In the film, the villagechief stops the performance of the shadow puppetry as he visualise itas counter-revolutionary. He wants their traditional values keptintact (Zhang& Gong, 1994).
Inconclusion, the film touches more on theme of human resilience,comedy and the relationship between the state and the individualamong many.
Thefilm of “Not One Less” is documented and set in the people‘srepublic of china some time in 1990’s. The film focuses on athirteen- year aged substitute teacher named Wei Minzhi. She iscalled to substitute a village teacher for a whole month with acondition not to lose any students. Unfortunately, when a boy takeoff in the big city in lieu of searching for job she ended up leavinglooking for him. The film generally addresses differences betweenrural and urban economic gap development, education system in china,bureaucracy and authority in china, struggle and speech among others.
Humoris profound in the film. For instance, when Wei realizes the troublemaker Zhang is out of school, she plans how to raise money afterfutile effort to approach the village mayor. One girl idea of how toraise the fund, channel a way of Wei to seize the rapport of thestudents. He introduces mathematics of how many brick to carry, howlong to take and the distance covered.
Thefilm also addresses the theme of economics development disparitiesbetween urban and rural in china. This is brought out when Weiarrives in Zhangjiakou. Sheen countered with well-dressed up peopleand modern buildings.
Thefilm reveals the prevalence of bureaucracy, struggle and verbalexpression in china. People struggle to have their rights cateredfor. Wei’s effort bore no fruits as she tried to request money fromthe village mayor. Also, If not for her obstinacy, perseverance andspeech, she would not have overcome the barriers (village mayor, TVreceptionist, announcer in the train station) (Zhanget al, 1999).
Lastly,the film echoes the need of china government to rise up fight forequality, discrimination, education system and bureaucracy.
Zhang,Y., & Gong, L. (1994). Tolive.Montreal, Quebec: Alliance Releasing Home Video.
Zhang,Y., Wei, M., Zhang, H., & China. (1999). Notone less.Beijing: Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture,[People`s Republic] of China.