Xiaoping (Miao Miao), is a talented dancer from Beijing with a painful family history – her father has been sent for re-education. A shining prince, Liu Feng (Xuan Huang), brings her to the dancefloor of the PLA’s (People’s Liberation Army) dance troupe – soldiers charged with promoting revolutionary values through music and dance. Xiaoping’s dreams of restoring her family name are dashed when the young dancers around her use her as their scapegoat. In a handful of years each of the young women will be flung around the country when the death of Chairman Mao (1976) sends the region into chaos. From romantic teenage dreams to life and death decisions on the battlefield, Youth is a bold, ambitious epic that is, also, intimate and heartfelt in its personal tales.

Youth is out in cinemas from 15 December.