ZHU FU(NEW YEAR SACRIFICE)
Before the 1911 Revolution, widow Aunt Xianglin heard that her mother-in-law was going to sell her. As such, she ran away to the town of Lu where she worked as a servant in Lord Lu Si’s house and made his wife happy thanks to her diligence. However, her mother-in-law discovered where she was and forced her to marry He Laoliu. He Laoliu was an honest, tolerant and kind man, but in order to pay off the debt he eventually worked himself to death and his son was eaten by wolves. So, Aunt Xianglin returned to Lord Lu Si’s house. She was afraid of being torn limb from limb by Hades, so she donated her year’s earnings to the temple of the Earth God. When she enthusiastically offered her sacrifices on the evening of the ceremony, the members of the Lu family scolded her and chased her away. As a result, she died one blessed night when it was snowing.
Year of production: 1956