Yichang municipality, Hubei province, China, early 1970s.
High-school student Jingqiu is one of many educated urban youth
sent to the countryside to be "re-educated" under a dictate from
Chairman Mao. Jing''s father is a political prisoner somewhere in
China, and her mother, a former teacher branded as a "capitalist,"
is now reduced to menial work to support Jing and her two younger
When Jing arrives with a group at Xiping village in the Yangtze
River''s Three Gorges region, she meets geology student Jianxin,
nicknamed "Old Three," who is the son of a high-ranking military
officer, but whose mother committed suicide after being branded a
"rightist." Despite their disparate social backgrounds and a
political atmosphere that forbids the relationship, Jingqiu and
Jianxin fall desperately in love. But their budding romance is cut
short by fate...
A sensitive and searing love story, Under the Hawthorn
Tree is sure to become an instant classic.