This film is adapted from the novel of Ah Cheng. During the Cultural Revolution, there is a shabby school in a remote mountain area short of teachers. An educated youth, “Old Cha”, though young but has been living and working here for seven years, is chosen to be the “King of the Children”, that is a teacher. With no books, he will copy the books; without textbook, his dictionary is the holy Bible. The children are prone to read critical articles, but they are not literate. Then the king of the children teaches them how to spell the words and write a composition. Finally, the king of the children violates the educational contents and is dismissed, ending up again as the Old Cha.
Directed by Kaige Chen | Starring : Yuan Xie, Cheung Choi-Mei, Guoqing Xu, Jianjun He, Ming-hua Chen | Presented at Cannes Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival