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Ju Dou (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | April 1991 (USA)
A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ma Chong
Zhijun Cong
Wu Fa
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Ju Dou
Zhaoji Jia
Jia Jin
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Yang Tian-qing
Wei Li ...
Yang Jin-shan
Xingli Niu
Qianbin Yang ...
(as Yang Qianbin)
Zhang Yi ...
Tianbai as child
Ji-an Zheng ...
Yang Tian-bai as a Youth
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A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. This tale of romantic and familial love in the face of unbreakable tradition is more universal than its setting. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Amor E Sedução  »

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$1,986,433
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1.37 : 1
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Was restored in 2017 by French company Impex Films with support from Arte France and Hiventy. This restoration was later first broadcast on October 2, 2017 on Franco-German channel Arte. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

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Gripping Cinema
28 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie to be gripping cinema, even if some things weren't really explicable to me, an Occidental. I understand (or at least am aware of) the basics of Chinese society enough to get most things in this film, but like "ebossert" said, many of the things that the child does seem to bear little relation to the reality around him. Yes, he suspects bad behavior by some of the other characters, but is that enough to drive him to such lengths? Kudos to the lovely Gong Li, for carrying this films title role so well. Also to the other two main actors who I was unfamiliar with, Li Bao-tian and Li Wei. At least, that is my impression, even though it is difficult to judge acting performances in a language one doesn't understand. As an aside, I suppose the 1920's are a popular setting for Chinese movies, as that was really the last time that China was a normal country, being wracked by war in the 30's and 40's, and smothered under Communism and (Communism-caused famine) after that. Even with it's flaws, a pretty damn good flick.


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