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Da hong deng long gao gao gua
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Release Date:
20 December 1991 (France) See more »
China, 1920. One master, four wives.
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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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
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 »
Yan'er:Who are you?
Housekeeper:Fourth mistress, please come inside.
Yan'er:[losing her cool] So you're the fourth mistress!
[Yan'er rudely pulls the water bowl away from Songlian and puts clothes in it]
Songlian:Yes! I am the fourth mistress. Bring my suitcase inside please.
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41 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece, 16 August 2004
Author: joe_ng29 from toronto

I don't care what anyone says, this film belongs in the top 10 films of the 90s worldwide...the story, the implicit attacks on the Communist regime, cinematography, direction, and acting (Gong Li was superb) coelesced into one extraordinary piece of cinema magic that transcends both cultural and language differences. The film was so refreshing and exciting for me, yet it was also quite a dark film. Not a lot of "conventional action", instead, the intensity of the film comes from the actor's and their emotions. A very powerful film, and disturbing one at that. Job well done...Zhang Yimou was brilliant with this one. If you're a lover of great cinema, then this is a must. I'm already hounding at Criterion to take on this film.

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