Hu Yuyin, a young woman in a small Chinese town on the eve of the Cultural Revolution is happily married and runs a successful roadside food stall selling spicy beancurd. Yuyin is supported by Party members Li Mangeng, who once wanted to marry her, and Director Gu, a war veteran in charge of the granary. But in 1964 the Four Cleanups Movement sends a Party work-team to root out Rightists and capitalist roaders. The team is led by Li Guoxiang,a single woman, and helped by Wang Qiushi, a former poor peasant who has lost his land because of his drinking. At a public struggle session, Yuyin is declared to be a “new rich peasant.” Both her home and business are taken from her and her husband, Li Guigui commits suicide in despair. After the first waves of the Revolution have ended, Yuyin returns to the town, now relegated to a lowly street sweeper. She then falls in love with Qin Shutian, who had come in the 1950s to collect local folksongs but was declared to be one of the Five Black Categories. When Yuyin becomes pregnant, however, this loving relationship attracts the outrage of Li Guoxiang and Wang Qiushe, who themselves are having a secret affair. Shutian is sent to reform through labor and it is not until Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in 1978 that his case is reviewed and he is allowed to return and help Yuyin re-establish their street restaurant.
Directed by Jin Xie | Starring : Wen Jiang, Xiaoqing Liu, Zaishi Zheng, Shibin Zhu, Songzi Xu | Presented at Karlovy Vary Film Festival