Title: Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)
AKA: Tian yu
Director: Joan Chen
Country: Hong Kong | USA | Taiwan
Release Date: 16 November 2000
Writers: Joan Chen, Geling Yan (novel)
Stars: Xiaolu Li, Lopsang, Zheng Qian
Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to the country side was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later she’s sent even further to the more remote spot with a Tibetan saddle tramp Lao Jin to learn horse herding. There Xiu Xiu falls in love with a man who promises to talk to an official and get her back home. He brings an apple which Xiu Xiu treasures and he takes her virginity. While waiting for him to return another man comes claiming to be his friend and brings another apple. After him another man comes and by that point she is reduced to a hooker. She becomes pregnant Lao Jin takes her to the civilization to get an abortion. Right after the surgery some guards have their way with her. Lao Jin tries to protect her but in vain.