In 1942, Henan province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease and the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.
At night, hundreds of famished farmers descend with sickles and torches on the household of Landlord Fan (Zhang Guoli) in North Henan province. He hold the final stocks of grain in Laozhuang Village. Afraid f the angry mob, Fan prepares a banquet for them in his own home. But old feuds break out and his property is burned to the ground in an accidental fire.
With war eminent, a journey south on foot to Shaanxi province begins. On the way the film introduces us to three men in crisis: impassioned American journalist Theordore White (Adrien Brody), chef-turned-
This film presents a time in China's history that must never be forgotten. To learn more and see the film trailer please visit www.chinalionentertainment.com/