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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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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"The Master's" face is never seen. It is either obscured behind thin curtains or out of shot.See more »
The Third Concubine:Good or bad, it's all playacting. If you act well, you can fool other people; if you do it badly, you can only fool yourself, and when you can't even fool yourself, you just can fool the ghosts.See more »
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58 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece beyond the definition, 27 December 2003
Author: urlamajor ( from N.C.

Every frame of this film explodes with excellent acting, cinematography, music and art direction. I never thought I would see something so beautiful in a foreign film since Ingmar Bergman's work. This is by no means, an art film this is a human film, while holding an ethnic background these people portrayed in the film are all of us and is probably what we would call a fable on the cruelty of humanity. I'am disgusted to discover this film isn't on video or DVD in america. It seems as if its popularity has run thin since the 90's but this is a masterpiece people!

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