Sons and Daughters in a Time of Storm 风云儿女
Sons and Daughters in a Time of Storm (simplified Chinese: 风云儿女; traditional Chinese: 風雲兒女; pinyin: Fēng yǔn ér nǔ) is a 1935 Chinese film, also known as Children of Troubled Times, about an intellectual who leaves to fight in the Second Sino-Japanese War. The movie was directed by Xu Xingzhi and the scriptwriters were Tian Han and Xia Yan. It starred actor Yuan Muzhi (Chinese: 袁牧之) and actress Wang Renmei (Chinese: 王人美).
The plot follows the young poet Xin Baihe (played by Yuan Muzhi) who flees Shanghai with his friend Liang. However, whereas Liang soon joins the resistance against the Japanese invaders, Xin chooses to pursue a relationship with a glamorous and westernized widow in Qingdao.
After hearing that Liang has been killed however, Xin has a change of heart and rushes to join the war effort.
Theme song ("The March of the Volunteers")
Main article: March of the Volunteers
The theme song to the movie, "The March of the Volunteers", was sung by Gu Menghe and Yuan Muzhi. The song was released as an album by the Pathé Records label (which later became part of EMI in 1935).
"The March of the Volunteers" was selected as the national anthem of the People's Republic of China in 1949. This decision was formally written into the Constitution of the People's Republic of China in March 2004.