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Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

5 Ratings: 5.0
Art House & International movie directed by Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou (Ju Dou) directed this fascinating, visually formal 1991 film about an educated woman (Gong Li) who is sent off to become the newest wife of a feudal nobleman in 1920s China. Nearly isolated in his spooky, palatial home, she develops relationships … see full wiki

Cast: Gong Li
Director: Zhang Yimou
2 reviews about Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
review by . March 28, 2011
Exotic and hopeless; how does one describe great sadness?
I've read only two or three commentaries by professional film critics that I think do justice to Raise the Red Lantern. Partly, this is due to the utterly foreign, cloistered culture we're observing. Partly, it's due to the intense but withheld emotions and motivations we gradually become aware of. Mainly, I think, it's due to the fact that deep sadness seldom can be adequately described, and the more we try, the less we convey.       Songlian (Gong Li), …
review by . May 19, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Songlian (Gong li) is the fourth wife of the elusive Master. When she arrives in this secluded remote place the other wives pay attention, the film shows the female vanity and a competition to gain the master affection but why? This woman seems not to be in love of this man but I was most intrigued by the presence and personality of the young Songlian, she seems not to belong there, we know she is an educated lady who was sold as concubine. Songlian looks very delicate but she proves that she can …
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