Di Xue Qing Hua (1930) 敌血情花 (Love Blossoms From Bloodshed)
alternate English title: (Legend of the Miao and Yao)
Shanghai Shadow Play. B&W. Silent. Direction: Lu Hanping. Cast: Lin Meiru, Hu Beifeng, He Zhigang.
Although more than 90% of China's population are of the dominant Han majority, there are over 50 ethnic minorities in the country. This film, a Chinese "Romeo and Juliet" (only with a happy ending), was set among two of these southern minorities, the Miao and the Yao.
In ancient times, the Miao and the Yao peoples were hostile and often warring neighbors, in which the slightest incident could touch off fighting and many casualties on both sides. The deep-seated resentment between the two lasted for many years. One day, a Yao girl and a Miao boy met by chance in a forest and fell in love. Although any relations between tribal members was strictly forbidden, when the two tribes' chieftains died the Yao people seized the opportunity to announce their desire for peace. From this first step, the two tribes negotiated an end to hostilities, sealing the deal with the wedding of the two young people.