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  1. The first of four parts of this full length documentary.

  2. The second of four parts of this full length documentary.

  3. The third of four parts of this full length documentary.

  4. The fourth of four parts of this full length documentary.

  5. The credits from this full length documentary.

Synopsis

Expat Kiwi Rewi Alley became one of the best known foreigners in 20th Century China and advocate for the Communist Revolution. When China was under siege from Japan in the late 1930s, Alley instigated an industrial co-op movement he termed  ‘gung ho' (work together). Its success led to the phrase entering the global idiom. For this documentary a Geoff Steven-led crew travelled 15,000km in China in 1979, filming Alley as he gave his account of an engrossing, complex life story. Co-writer Geoff Chapple later wrote a biography of Alley.

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Comments (8)

 Scot

Scot

In his work for Gung Ho and world peace Rewi saved and improved more lives than any other New Zealander ever has. The people of New Zealand and China owe him a huge debt.

 JH

JH

An adventurer of the old breed. A great man.

 Angee

Angee

Rewi Alley was a true ex-pat Kiwi, strength of character and gift to look beyond the prejudices. And perhaps very disillusioned with the NZ Govts history of treating the top GDP earners (Farmers) like excretions. Chinese are hard working and careful with everything, perhaps other countries could learn from these noble traits.
Personally I like my freedoms too much to ever want to live in China but hey who knows one day, we will all end up as servants to the Chinese anyway, so best to accept the future.
East becomes West and West becomes East.

 tim t.

tim t.

Its nice to see that my great uncle was able to help so many people.

 m

m

Really? he is a good man? how do you know. don't forget CCp killed more people than any other dictators. You mean I should thank this man for helping ccp to rob my family and have us live through athe horrible time? That is kind of bs to me. YOu people should ashamed of him.

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