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Red Sorghum (1987)
"Hong gao liang" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  February 1989 (USA)
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In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds... See full summary »

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Laijing Nie
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In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds herself inheriting the isolated business. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Evocative and un-PC
14 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

RED SORGHUM, the first film made by famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, is an adaptation of a Mo Yan novel that sees a beautiful young woman - played by Yimou's muse, Gong Li - travelling to a remote winery to marry the leprous owner. What follows is a film that's visually striking, beautifully made and distinctly non-PC.

Feminists or fans of gender equality made have a few issues with this film and in particular its depiction of the power struggles between a pair of lovers. Let's just say the character of the grandfather is very, er, backward, in his treatment of women, and yet the script never seeks to chastise or make him see the error of his ways; even worse, the female character appears to condone his behaviour. This kind of stuff sat oddly with me, even if it is a true depiction of the era.

Still, there's plenty of stuff to like here, particularly the last couple of reels in which things get a lot darker, including one set-piece which is cringeworthy indeed. The ending is abrupt and the characterisation is fairly limited, but Yimou's film has so many visual flourishes and is so vibrant to look at that it's hard to dislike.


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