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Country  China
Director  Lei You
Language  Mandarin
Little 8th Route Army movie poster

Release date  1973

Little 8th Route Army (Chinese: 小八路) is a stop motion Chinese animated puppet film. It is also referred to as "Little 8th Route Heroes" and "Small 8th Route Army".

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Little 8th Route Army movie scenes An actor dressed as an Eighth Route Army soldier waves after a performance at the Eighth Route Army Culture Park one of two theme parks in Wuxiang county

Background

The film was produced and released under the term of chairman Mao Zedong when the cultural revolution was still ongoing. The plot backdrop is based on the National Revolutionary Army's 8th Route Army division, when it was under the control of Communist Party of China instead of the opposing Kuomintang. Despite numerous movie adaptations, this is the only animation piece ever produced on the subject. A story book was also released as a companion to the film.

Story

The story took place during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The imperial Japanese army entered a northern village in China where young Huzi (虎子) was involved in the anti-Japanese movement. His sister was taken as part of the village sweep. Huzi went on the revenge and was rescued by an 8th Route Army chief named Yang. After Huzi and the party restored the grain supplies and went on the offensive against the Japanese forces. Eventually Huzi himself was admitted to the 8th Route division.

Adaptations

The first documentary on the subject was the 1938 (延安和八路军). The first movie to come before this puppetry animation was the 1961 "Little Heroes" (英雄小八路). Two movies were also made in 1978 "Two Young 8th Route Army Soldiers" (两个小八路) and "We are the 8th Route Army Men" (我们是八路军).

References

Little 8th Route Army Wikipedia