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The Buried Writer


Wang Shiwei was a very special figure in the history of Chinese modern literature. He is known to most as the first victim of Chinese Communist Party’s literary persecution, who was killed “by mistake” in 1947 while CCP troops were retreating from Yenan. Mao Zedong was enraged by this “mistake” and in later years kept bringing up Wang Shiwei’s essay titled “Wild Lily” as speaking from the wrong standpoint. In the essay, Wang criticized the inequality and prerogative in the Communist Yenan that China still faces today. The documentary combines a historical search with sentiments and details we can relate. It incorporates oral history from those who lived through Wang Shiwei’s times, citations from writings by himself and his contemporaries, and the writer-director’s own reflections with rarely seen newsreels, poignant animations, and stunning visuals. Those being interviewed include Wang Shiwei’s son Wang Xufeng, his former student Bo Ping, his Yenan colleagues Zeng Yanxiu and He Fang, and those who studied his case—famous journalist Dai Qing, Chinese historian Gao Hua, CCP specialist Song Jinshou and Trotskyist expert Gregor Benton.


Writer/Director: S. Louisa Wei

Co-writer/Assistant Director: Joyce Y. Huang

Executive Producer: Lo Chi Wa

Production Coordinator: Renee Leung

Original Music: Robert Jay Ellis-Geiger

Sound Effect/ Mixing/ Editing: Charles C.W Chan

Editing: Alice L. Wu


Running Time: 52 Mins

Language: English and Chinese

Subtitle: English and Chinese

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Production: RTHK 2016


Purchasing DVD

To purchase a copy of DVD, please contact:


Hong Kong Film Archive, Hong Kong, December 23, 2016

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