A prophetic and visionary allegory of Chinese history, and an illuminating comment on the dynamics of repression. The protagonist is Mother China. Despoiled by international society, she must peddle her ass on the streets of Shanghai to support her son.
She is raped by a fat gambler, who then moves in with her, keeping her son as hostage. This lecherous clown looks very like the young Mao.
Wanting him to succeed in life, she sends her son to school, but he is expelled when outraged parents find out who his mother is. The old principal resigns.
If this incomparable film acquires an effective score it will spell the end for the Chinese Communist Party.
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