There are not many domestic film and television works with football as the theme. You can almost count them with your fingers. But even so, in many articles about football film and television works, there is an old movie that failed to attract everyone's attention. This movie is "Go on, the Chinese team" shot by Guangxi Film Studio in 1984. The film was directed by Zhang Junzhao, a new-generation director at the time. Players such as Rong Zhixing and Chi Shangbin participated in the shooting. From the current perspective, the film’s special effects, graphics, etc. are not superior, but from the content point of view, the director was able to portray the image of fans from all walks of life through a short 90-minute film, and in the film Here expresses his views on Chinese football. Among the film and television works related to football, this movie can be regarded as a masterpiece. Today we will take a look at this old movie.
First, let me introduce the director, Zhang Junzhao is the name, nowadays few people have heard of it, but in the 1980s, Zhang Junzhao had a very good reputation in the Chinese film industry. In 1983, Guangxi Film Studio shot the film "One and Eight". This film is regarded as the pioneering work of the fifth generation of directors in China. Zhang Junzhao is the director of the film, Zhang Yimou and Xiao Feng are the photographers, and He Qun is the artist. Starring Tao Zeru and Chen Daoming, Guo Baochang was an "unnamed art director". Most of these people graduated less than a year at that time. The average age of the entire crew was only 27 years old, which is unprecedented in the Chinese film industry.
When the film was sent to the Ministry of Culture for review, it was catching up with some people in the literary and artistic circles criticizing the "theory of human nature." "One and Eight" became "spiritual pollution" among these populations, and they were criticized heavily. Wei Bida, director of the Guangxi Film Studio at the time, said that he should care about young people. If there is a problem with the film, then his director is willing to take responsibility. However, Webida's endorsement did not change the views of others. It was not until October 1984, a year later, that the film was approved because of the strong response from the public.
Also in 1984, Zhang Junzhao served as the director again, filming "Come on, the Chinese team" with the theme of the Chinese men's football impacting the Olympics. The background of the film is that the national team is about to face the most critical battle that will impact the Olympic Games-a decisive battle with Asian powerhouse Asisha. Since the film is not a documentary, the opponents of the Chinese team and the competition system of the qualifiers are all fictitious, which is very different from reality.
I probably counted it. There are about 10 or more storylines, large and small, together. The director hopes to use many characters to show people fans of different industries and classes. Although there are many story lines, and there is almost no crossover between the story lines, there is no sense of contradiction in switching between the story lines, which is enough to see the skill of guiding the story.
However, it is precisely because of too many story lines that the stories of several characters in the movie appear too thin. For example, the foreign female fans in the film have come to Beijing with all their hardships. It can be seen that the national football team's wishes have not been realized. This person is not a simple person who can go alone to watch football in Beijing, where she is not familiar with her life, but this female fan is a traditional introvert and gentle female image. There is a big contradiction between this and the practice of the characters, but the director did not clearly explain the reasons for the contradiction, and even if it were not for the cast, we do not know the name of this female fan.
The rest of the story lines are richer. For example, Jiang Tau, I don’t know what football is. It’s just that when young people in the unit talk about football, they learned that there were many people outside the workers’ stadium during the game, so I brought my peanuts and played Run outside the stadium to sell before the start. When I learned that the Chinese team was ahead, I was so excited because I felt that the Chinese team could beat the foreigners. They gave all the peanuts in their hands to the fans who were waiting anxiously for the result outside the stadium, but they suddenly became excited because they were too excited. Stem, died forever.
Old Jiang Tau can be said to be the representative of the "peripheral fans" at the time. The so-called "peripheral fans" refer to those who don't know what football is, but only because they can defeat foreigners on the field and win glory for the country, they began to support men's football. In fact, these people have similar attitudes towards sports. Whoever wins glory will support whoever. Of course, at the moment, if anyone is embarrassed on the court, it is this group of people who scold the most.
In addition to the old ginger head, there is also an old mother in the film who is also considered to be this type of person. Her son is an avid football fan. The old lady does not understand what football is and does not understand the behavior of his son spending all his savings to watch football. When I heard everyone talking about football on the street, I realized that my son and his colleagues liked something serious, and this happily supported my son.
The old lady's son works in a clothing factory and is an amateur drummer. His wish is to cheer for the Chinese team in the stadium. At the beginning, he was not even an amateur drummer, because he didn’t even figure out what was going on. Fortunately, a cousin of a co-worker was a drummer in the orchestra. The co-worker wrote a note and asked him to find his own watch. After studying, these fans of the clothing factory can be considered as practicing at home.
In order to have uniform cheering clothing, they also begged the clothing factory leaders to get a bunch of defective products stored in the workshop at the disposal price. However, after everything was ready, they ran into trouble again at the scene. As soon as the gongs and drums in their hands were beaten, they were stopped by the police on duty at the scene. The Chinese team surpassed the score in the second half, pushing the atmosphere in the stadium to a climax. The employees of the garment factory once again beat gongs and drums to cheer for the Chinese team. The police who could not stop could only turn one eye and close one eye.
The popularity of the national football game is too high, and the police can only choose to be cautious. In the mobilization speech, the public security leader stated that during the wonderful theatrical performances and sports competitions, the crime rate was almost zero, and the police on duty must fight to ensure the safety of the game and cannot confront the masses. The public security leaders’ worries were not superfluous. Thieves were involved in the match. After stealing the wallets of the female fans beside him, he hurriedly wanted to leave the scene, but was stopped by other fans.
"The Chinese team was behind you just now, but now you are ahead of you. Are you a traitor?" Seeing the fans cheering for the Chinese team in the audience, the thief also found out with conscience. After returning to his seat, he pulled a reason. The wallet was returned to the female fans. It was her boyfriend, a young designer and intellectual who came to watch the game with this female fan. The designer has a deeper understanding of the issue of Chinese football.
He believes that the reason why Chinese football can't play is because there is no professional stadium, without professional stadium, there is no football culture. At the Design Institute, he gave a design plan for a professional stadium. Faced with various inquiries from the plan reviewers, the designer responded fluently, and finally the leader made a decision: "I think this plan is very good, so report it to the superior for approval. "After a few days, the leader found the designer and told the approval result: The superiors also appreciated the plan, but the land for the stadium was gone, and it was transferred to the people's livelihood reconstruction project.
After get off work, the leader and the designer pushed the bicycle home together. On the way, the leader enlightened the designer with earnest words: "We are all the same, we all hope that Chinese football can break out of Asia. National sports are of course important, food, clothing and housing related to the national economy and the people’s livelihood. It's more important. Look at this group of children. If they don't even have a home, can they still play football?" Looking at the children playing football on the street, the designer understands the intentions of the leaders and superiors.
In universities, there are more deep-seated debates about Chinese football. For example, a college student with a relatively unsophisticated approach borrowed a TV set to watch national football matches. While tinkering with the TV, he also argued with glasses about China. The problem of football. Spectacles believes that Chinese football has no hope at this stage, because football is a product of industrialization, reflecting the division of labor and cooperation in an industrial society, and China's industrialization is still under construction, so Chinese football cannot go up at this stage.
But the college students tinkering with the TV disagree: "According to archaeological findings, Cuju sports had its embryonic form during the Yin and Shang dynasties. How could there be any industrialization at that time? This shows that football has nothing to do with industrialization."
Thinking about Chinese football is one of the biggest highlights of this film. What the director expressed through the mouths of intellectuals such as designers and college students can only be said to be individual problems. More content is presented to everyone from the perspective of Coach Yang. The match with the Asisha team is the key to determining whether the national football team can qualify. If you win, you will rush out of Asia; if you lose, you have to prepare for the next session in advance. The situation inside and outside the national football team made Coach Yang a headache.
Internally, the main center Ji Cheng (played by Rong Zhixing) was injured and is expected to be unable to play by then. Other players also have mental relaxation and poor physical condition. Compared with internal factors, external factors make Coach Yang more upset. At the beginning of the film, Coach Yang and Team Leader Yuan convened a meeting with the national football players, but such an internal meeting could not go on quietly. Two reporters suddenly broke into the conference room with a letter of introduction from the Sports Committee in their hands. Coach Yang was called to answer the phone. Although the movie was not explained on the other end of the phone, from Coach Yang’s somewhat impatient tone, it was also It is not difficult to infer that it is similar to the reporter just now.
After the meeting was finally over, a group of service teams came outside to engage in activities with the National Football Team; there was also a documentary film crew to accompany the team to shoot a documentary about the National Football Team. These people either have a letter of introduction from a superior or a note from a leader. Coach Yang looked helpless: "Bring the team to the base (closed training camp)." The car drove halfway and encountered Ji Cheng who was recovering from his injuries. Asking to return to the team, Coach Yang persuaded him to use it for a long time, and finally he had to say: "If you want to practice, follow the practice. You won't be able to play anyway."
In fact, Coach Yang is not willing to engage in closed training camps in his heart. It is very simple. If he wanted to, he would have taken the team to hide, and there was no need to wait until now. One is because the conditions of the base are really not very good, and the other is that the closed training camp has a great impact on the players' psychology, and they are about to qualify. Some players have a relaxed mood, and the whole person is not energetic. In order to overcome these disadvantages, Coach Yang specially invited a disabled athlete to encourage his disciples.
The actor of the Paralympic long jump champion is Li Chenggang. He is the winner of five gold medals in international competitions. In 2004, he became the first person with severe disabilities to cross the Yangtze River. With just one shot, we can realize how much sweat and pain Li Chenggang has paid behind the gold medal. Li Chenggang said that he is also a football fan, and his previous ideal was to play football, but after he became disabled, his ideal was shattered. Coach Yang’s move played a role. The national football players were all moved by the disabled role model. Their mental outlook has been greatly improved. Ji Cheng and the goalkeeper secretly practiced at night.
Solving these problems does not mean everything is going well. Coach Yang still has another problem, that is, tactical arrangements. In his opinion, regarding the situation of the national football team, he still has to fight back. But Team Leader Yuan had different opinions. He reminded Coach Yang that we are fighting at home and attacking proactively. Even if we lose, we will lose heroically. We can fight defensively. That's a question of attitude. Team leader Yuan’s approach is a typical "layman manages insider", but in the movie, leader Yuan is not the kind of character that fans are tired of. On the contrary, he plays a big role in ideological work. His reminder to Coach Yang, although very nonsensical, is a kind reminder.
In the movie, Team Leader Yuan's voice is far less powerful than Coach Yang, but Coach Yang did not refute the reminder of Team Leader Yuan. After all, he was trained by letters of introduction and notes, knowing the importance of it. Therefore, Coach Yang can only form a written report on his tactical ideas and report it to his superiors. Fortunately, the superiors agreed to Coach Yang's tactical arrangements, and this problem was over.
Then there is the issue of warming up the opponent. Coach Yang wanted to find a team with a similar technical style to the Asisha team to warm up. However, due to financial constraints, he could only find the Beijing team to make do with it. Guo could defeat the opponent 3-0. Let the fans pass the addiction first. The various problems in the team were finally solved satisfactorily or reluctantly. But when the solution is over, it's almost time for the game. The national football players stepped into the Workers' Stadium in the eyes of everyone.
In the first half, the main task of the national football team was to stabilize the line of defense, but it was impossible for the national football team to successfully score a goal by a sneak attack. The national football team could only return to the locker room with a score disadvantage. The players just sat down, and there was a voice outside the door: "Comrades, the chief came to see everyone!" Then a leader took his daughter and followed the secretary into the team's locker room.
After entering the locker room, the leader seemed to become the central figure: "Aren't our tactics defending and counterattacking? How can we just defend and not attack? Can we organize an offense to open up the situation? Which one is Ji Cheng? You are the soul on the court, why don't you charge and get into the battle? Minor injuries can't get under the line of fire. Listen to the voices of the audience outside the court. As ordinary spectators, my daughter and I also hope you can play, um, Coach Yang?"
Leading figures enter the dressing room at will during the intermission. It is an early problem. Director Zhang will not give up this material, but in the film, he played down the matter. In fact, neither the chief nor his daughter are true. It is played by the actors who followed the team to make the documentary. What's more, the director had to take another shot because the team members had a wrong expression when listening to the "head" speech. From this point of view, in just 15 minutes, he could leave a fraction of it to Coach Yang, even thank God.
The call of "Head" to coach Yang did exist. At this time, in the stands, the fans who were anxious because of the backwardness of the Chinese football team shouted "The change of season" in a uniform manner, and 12 years later, at the Golden State Stadium, it was " Change Li Tie". Ji Cheng's desire to fight is also very strong, but Coach Yang just doesn't want to change, because he knows that Ji Cheng's ankle injury is not good at all. He couldn't hold back the voice of fans in the stands, and Ji Cheng jumped around in front of him to prove that his foot injury was okay, so he could only wave his hand to send Ji Cheng to the court.
After Ji Cheng played, the situation of the Chinese team has been greatly improved. They scored 2 goals in a row to overtake the score. Unfortunately, the score was evened by the Asisha team. Both sides scored 1 goal each in overtime, and they could only decide through a penalty kick. At this time, what coach Yang was most worried about happened. The fierce competition caused Ji Cheng’s foot injury to recur, even though he took the penalty kick. The order of presentation was placed last, but the two sides, you came and I shot each other for more than ten rounds, and finally it was Ji Cheng’s turn. Before Ji Cheng took the penalty, it was very difficult to even walk, and his shot was far higher than the goal, the Chinese team's promotion path was thus blocked.
After the game, the originally enthusiastic Workers Stadium became quiet, and the depressed drummer was still struggling to beat the drum until he smashed the drum with a punch, full of blood, and other fans in the movie also looked frustrated. The film ended sloppily. Conventionally speaking, this kind of film always gave people some hope at the end, but Director Zhang just managed to deal with the hasty ending. Today we find that the sloppy ending is just in line with reality. Because Chinese football is really hopeless.
This movie was filmed in 1984, and there is still some time before "519". At that time, the Chinese men's football team, who had repeatedly defeated strong enemies in the World Preliminaries and won the runner-up in the Asian Cup, was still a positive image, but Zhang Junzhao had already begun to face China Thoughts on some issues of football and showed them one by one in the movie. From this point of view, the depth of thought of the film is not inferior to some classic film and television works produced in the 1980s, even far beyond that era. Thinking beyond the era, the ending must be handed over to the future. Now it has been 35 years since the movie was released. Over the years, the scenes and details in the movie have been continuously performed, and it has not yet ended. We hope that those things in the movie can become history earlier.