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“GaoXing” (高兴) E-mail
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Written by Alice Manfeng Zhao
Adapted from a novel of the same name “GaoXing” (means happy) which is a recent work of Jiapingwa (贾平凹),a famous local writer eojoying national repution as well, the movie “GaoXing” lately stages in cinemas of Xi’an. It tells a story taking place in Xi’an. Two ordinary peasants named Gaoxing and Wufu come to Xi’an to look for fortune. Gaoxing, the leading role, always keeps optimistic to life though his living condition is poor.

By changing his original name into Gaoxing(means happy), he always holds it that one should keep happy as long as he is alive and should always look to the bright side.While Wufu is a little bit pessimistic so Gaoxing often encourages him that life will be fine soon as long as they work hard. After came to Xi’an, with the help of a native fellow, they soon get a job to recycling waste. Since it is a low-payed job, life is still hard for them. However, they never lose heart and work hard. They seek fun from the hard life. GaoXing has a special hobby-making planes . He collects different materials to make planes, some just as toys while some he hopes one day can really fly high into the sky.

One day Gaoxing comes across a girl and falls in love with her. The girl ,aslo comes to Xi’an from a poor family, works to provide massage. service Her occupation as well as GaoXing’s seldoms get respect from others.

After several months’ contact, both of them fall in love with each other. As they hope for their good future, bad luck comes down. The girl’s younger brother steals all her money which she has saved for her tuition.  Knowing that, Gaoxing decides to help her. He works harder and gives his money to her.  However later the girl is arrested suddenly because police found  drugs in her room. But in fact she is innocent , the drugs are her brother’s.  Worried about her, Gaoxing wants to bribe the officials of police station so the girl can be set free. The problem is that he doesn’t have enough money.

Finally he decides to risk to drive his own plane with advertisement of a company over the sky of Xi’an so that he can earn enough money. At the end of the movie, he succeeds,meanwhile the girl is released since the police has investigated out the fact.

This movie aims to tell people never to lose confidence, strengh ,hope and courage when life is hard. GaoXing serves as a good example. Another point making the movie charming is its language. All the people in the movie speak shaanxi dialect. When watching it ,audience especially the local people feel that the story is real. It gives them a strong feeling that what they are wacthing is happening in their daily life.

Owing to the meaningful story and the wonderful performance of many famous actors, the movie gets high remarks from me!

Our valuable Editor Alice Manfeng Zhao has been with us since Thursday, 17 December 2009.

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