Daybreak 天明 (1933)

The film:

Tian ming
Written and directed by Sun Yu
Studio: United Photoplay Services (Lianhua)
Year of release: 1933
Cast: Li Lili, Gao Zhanfei, Luo Peng, Liu Jiqun, Yuan Congmei, Wang Guilin
English subtitles translated by Christopher Rea

An idealistic young man and woman from the countryside move to Shanghai to begin a new life, only to be ruined by a corrupt city. The man is fired, and the woman is tricked into prostitution. She redeems herself by conducting espionage in preparation for the arrival of the National Revolutionary Army, which is sweeping north in their campaign against the warlords. Will she live to see a new dawn for China?

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