The Red Detachment of Women

TitleThe Red Detachment of Women
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1961
AuthorsJin, Xie
Running Time92 minutes
Date Released1961
Publication Languagemandarin

An important milestone in Chinese cinema, The Red Detachment of Women conveys the importance of the Communist Party in defending the people against warlords during the Chinese Civil War. In the early 1930s in Hainan Island, Hong Changqing rescues Wu Qionghua from a vicious warlord. Changqing, a representative of the Communist Party, encourages Qionghua to join the Red Detachment of Women, a group of women soldiers. She joins the revolutionary cause and helps to defeat the warlord. 


Qiang Chen

Niu Tie

Xin-Gang Wang

Mei Xiang

Xijuan Zhu


Directed by Xie Jin

Written by Liang Xin

Music by Huang Zhun

Original Publication红色娘子军 (消歧义)
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The ballet based on this film became part of the "revolutionary model theatrical works" (geming yangbanxi, or yangbanxi) canon during the Cultural Revolution.

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