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Da hong deng long gao gao gua
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Director:
Writers:
Su Tong (novel)
Ni Zhen
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Release Date:
20 December 1991 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
China, 1920. One master, four wives.
Plot:
A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 22 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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(132 articles)
User Reviews:
Engrossing from the first moments See more (101 total) »

Cast

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Li Gong ... Songlian
Saifei He ... Meishan (Third Wife)
Cuifen Cao ... Zhuoyan (Second Wife)
Jingwu Ma ... The Master
Qi Zhao ... Housekeeper
Lin Kong ... Yan'er
Shuyuan Jin ... Yuru (First Wife)
Weimin Ding ... Songlian's mother
Zhengyin Cao ... Old servant
Zhihgang Cui ... Dr. Gao
Chu Xiao ... Feipu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baotian Li ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Su Tong  novel
Ni Zhen 

Produced by
Fu-Sheng Chiu .... producer
Hsiao-hsien Hou .... executive producer (as Hsiao-Hsien Hou)
Wenze Zhang .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Naoki Tachikawa 
Jiping Zhao 
 
Cinematography by
Lun Yang 
Fei Zhao 
 
Film Editing by
Yuan Du 
 
Art Direction by
Juiping Cao 
 
Costume Design by
Huamiao Tong 
 
Production Management
Yiting Feng .... production manager
Dehe Ma .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jianjun He .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lanhua Li .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lihua Huang .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Tod Scott Brody .... post-production: USA
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Da hong deng long gao gao gua" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
125 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
"The Master's" face is never seen. It is either obscured behind thin curtains or out of shot.See more »
Quotes:
The Third Concubine:She has the face of Buddha and the heart of a scorpianSee more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Turandot Project (2000)See more »

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49 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Engrossing from the first moments, 3 March 2004
Author: jonr-3 from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

My interest was maintained throughout every minute of this rather long film. I don't remember when I've seen another film in which every single role was played to perfection. (Incidentally, this wonderfully believable acting seems to occur in at least some, if not most, of the roles in every Chinese movie I see, from the mainland or otherwise.)

The story is one of classical simplicity, in in large part presented with the same classical, clear quality. The interplay of passion, jealousy, and revenge is reminiscent of Shakespeare, but, for me, more entertaining--if it's proper to speak of such ultimately somber and even horrifying subject matter as entertainment.

I unhesitatingly gave a vote of ten, and noticed that a full 33% of voters so far had done the same--very unusual.

When Roger Ebert called "Raise the Red Lantern" "breathtakingly beautiful," he wasn't exaggerating. But beyond its beauty, its moral seriousness, the fact that not for a moment is it "dumbed down" in the regrettable Hollywood fashion, its superb acting, and its almost unbelievably perfect pacing, make it a rare, rare experience.

"Red Sorghum," the only other Zhang Yimou film I've seen so far, I found somewhat propagandistic but gripping and visually stunning (even more so than "Raise the Red Lantern.") I will be making an effort to see more of this director's fairly extensive body of work.

It's a shame major theater chains don't schedule movies of this caliber instead of the torrent of commercialized Hollywood trash they foist on the public, which, alas, seems only too eager to wallow in more and more of it.

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