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Da hong deng long gao gao gua
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Raise the Red Lantern (1991) More at IMDbPro »Da hong deng long gao gao gua (original title)


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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
Shocking, thought-provoking and very well-made. 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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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 »
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Featured in The Turandot Project (2000)See more »

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43 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Shocking, thought-provoking and very well-made., 9 November 2001

I can certainly understand why this film is so critically acclaimed. Raise The Red Lantern is one of the only Chinese movies I've seen, but I'll definitely admit that it's unusual to see a film this stylistically masterful come out of Hollywood (although it can happen -- The Thin Red Line, for example). A lot of what makes this film work is Zhang Yimou's outstanding directorial style; his use of color against bleak background is especially effective. It's his hypnotic visuals that keep you interested throughout the slow progression of the story. And the amazing acting by most of the performers doesn't hurt, either; everything feels completely real.

I think of this as one of those movies that you aren't supposed to enjoy; it shocks you, and leaves you just as disturbed as, considering the subject matter, you should be. The miserable story of Yan'er, the servant girl, is especially painful to watch, and the same goes for the unfolding of the last few scenes. But I think the fact that I was so unsettled by this movie probably just goes to show how well it gets its points across. And along with the remarkable acting and directing, that's definitely something to be respected.

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