Lie huo zhong yong sheng / Red Crag: Life in Eternal Flame

TitleLie huo zhong yong sheng / Red Crag: Life in Eternal Flame
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1965
AuthorsKhoua, Choui
Running Time138 min
DistributorBeijing Film Studio
Publication LanguageMandarin

Adapted from a novel, Red Crag, by Luo Guangbin and Yang Yiyan, this film glorifies martyrdom in the Chinese Communist Revolution (1948–1952). It portrays a group of underground Communists in southeastern China and their heroic struggle against the Nationalists on the eve of 1949. The film follows Jiang, who, on her way to make contact with the local guerrillas, sees a severed head hanging over the city wall. The victim turns out to be her husband, the guerrilla leader who was executed by the Nationalists. The barbaric scare tactics only reaffirmed Jiang’s hatred for the Nationalists. Because of a defector’s betrayal, the CCP’s underground network in the city of Chongqing is in danger. One of the ringleaders, Xu Yunfeng, is arrested. Jiang is also arrested as she escorts a shipment of weapons to the guerrilla. Despite being tortured by the KMT secret police, Jiang refuses to give her inquisitors any information, which earns her the respect of her fellow jail-mates. With the help of a prison cook, who turns out to be an undercover Communist, the prisoners plan a break-out. As the Communist army comes close to the city, the KMT secret service has Xu and Jiang executed. Many prisoners manage to escape to safety, while others are ruthlessly gunned down by the Nationalist soldiers.

Original Publication烈火中永生 (Liè huǒ zhōng yǒng shēng)
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