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 siblings.
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.