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Red Sorghum (1987)

Hong gao liang (original title)
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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Wo Nainai (My Grandma)
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Wo Yeye (My Grandpa)
Rujun Ten ...
Wo Luohan Yeye (Uncle Luohan)
Ji Liu ...
Wo Die (My Dad)
Ming Qian ...
Wo Nainai ta Die (My Grandma's Dad)
Chun Hua Ji ...
Sanpao (as Chunhua Ji)
Chunhua Zhai
Zhaoji Jia
Yuxiang Zhang
Guiyun Zhou
Qianbin Yang ...
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Guoqing Xu
Erga Yao
Yusheng Li
Kun Dong
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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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This film was the acting debut of actress Gong Li. See more »

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red dawn
13 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's 1930s China. Jiu'er (Li Gong) is sent by her father to marry the leper winery owner Li Datou. On the way there, there are fields of red sorghum growing wild. She goes home to deliver the mule from Li Datou. She is taken out into the fields by Luohan where they have sex. Li Datou is killed by an unknown assailant and the winery is left to Jiu'er. Luohan returns drunk and making demands on her. He is thrown out. After he sobers up, he urinates into the wine and picks her up like in the field into her home. Surprisingly, the urine wine turns out to be the best ever. That night Luohan leaves and Jiu'er has a child. Nine years later, Luohan returns and the Japanese arrive.

It starts off as a funny quirky film. It has moments of originality. When the Japanese come, the movie goes to another gear and another level. It's jarring and compelling. The red color infiltrates everything like the film itself is bleeding. Li Gong makes a terrific debut. The final orgy of violence is shocking.


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