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Da hong deng long gao gao gua
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Writers:
Su Tong (novel)
Ni Zhen
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Release Date:
20 December 1991 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
China, 1920. One master, four wives.
Plot:
China in the 1920's. After her father's death, nineteen year old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 20 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Amazing film of domestic tragedy in 1920s China See more (97 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
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Baotian Li ... (uncredited)
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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
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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Also Known As:
"Da hong deng long gao gao gua" - China (original title)
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125 min
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Banned in China for a short time in the early 1990s.See more »
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The Third Concubine:She has the face of Buddha and the heart of a scorpianSee more »
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Featured in Nitrate Base (1996)See more »

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24 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Amazing film of domestic tragedy in 1920s China, 2 February 1999
Author: pooch-8 from Fargo, North Dakota

Zhang Yimou solidifies his standing as one of cinema's most brilliant craftsmen with Raise the Red Lantern, a heartbreaking and fascinating look into the life of a young, well-educated woman who gives up her future to become the fourth wife of a wealthy landowner in 1920s China. Gong Li, the director's longtime muse, delivers a performance nearly unsurpassed by anyone, male or female, in the 1990s (and many other decades, as well). Her opening close-up is an indelible image of sorrow and resignation capable of drawing tears out of a statue. Zhang Yimou makes films as exquisitely composed as any master's painting, and his palette extends beyond the obvious beauty of Gong Li to include the details of the courtyards, lanterns, silks, and rooftops with an inexplicable mixture of tranquility and austerity.

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