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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 »
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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 & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Exquisite haunting whispers of China See more (98 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
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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Runtime:
125 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Banned in China for a short time in the early 1990s.See more »
Quotes:
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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69 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Exquisite haunting whispers of China, 29 November 2004
Author: Deidra (writeverse@hotmail.com) from Chicago, USA

In response to the comments that this film is boring, shallow or without a character to identify with: Please study some Chinese history before you make such judgments. The story we see is a visual treat but overlays a much deeper story of China in myriad aspects. Perhaps you are unaware that films and books of the period had to tread lightly on topics that were not merely taboo but could result in danger for all connected. Thus, a slight symbolic representation often took place. Sort of poetic shorthand. Not unlike Chinese art that may seem to be about the season of autumn but is actually about death or change or loss. Nevertheless, any film must stand on its own regardless of the background. This film includes acting scenes that are incredibly forceful and still so gentle. The photography, costumes, sound and music blend into a cinematic work of art. I found the character completely believable, a woman bound in a tradition from which she found no escape except death or madness. And for those who sneer at the opera singer, imagine how the music you enjoy would sound to someone who has a completely different background. Please accept cultural diversity and let your mind and heart be enlarged!

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