Director: T'ang Shu-shuen
(1974, 90min, color, Catonese w/English subtitles)
Originally banned in Hong Kong on grounds that "it would damage good relations with other territories and contribute to possible breaches of peace," China Behind tells the story of Mainland Chinese intellectuals and young people who escape the Cultural Revolution by making an illegal trek to the border where they will swim over to the British colony. A courageous filmmaker's unflinching, honest depiction of a supremely dark moment in modern Chinese history, the film debunks Maoist cliche, nationalist populism and the occidental left's romance with the Cultural Revolution. Finally unbanned in 1980 and receiving its belated theatrical release in Hong Kong in 1987, China Behind is an against-the-grain film that foreshadows the apprehension of Hong Kong's reunification with China.