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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 22 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Exquisite film from a master storyteller 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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"The Master's" face is never seen. It is either obscured behind thin curtains or out of shot.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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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Exquisite film from a master storyteller, 17 October 1998
Author: Marta from United States

Gong Li is utterly perfect as Songlian, the youngest 4th wife of a great landowner in 1920's China. When she joins the household of the Master, with his 3 other wives and numerous servants, she is little prepared for the infinite under-currents and jealousies of the wives and the continuous baiting of the servants. She is put in a house of her own off the main courtyard of the rambling estate, a vast maze of connected buildings. But the wives are not quite out of earshot of each other, and what can be overheard feeds the hate among them. When the Master has chosen the wife he wishes to spend the night with, huge red lanterns are lit and hung around the outside and inside of the house of that wife and she is given a foot massage with small weighted silver hammers whose castanet-like sounds echo through the entire complex, and they serve as an overt display to the others that they were not good enough on that day to win his affections and must try harder the next day. As each jockeys for the Master's attention, Songlian is at first expertly played against the other women but eventually learns to scheme and conspire as well as they. She is never sure exactly which of the other wives is her enemy or her friend, and the situation seems to change daily. After she makes a grand power play that fails, in part because of a jealous young female servant, she is effectively in exile for a time. However, a terrible, centuries-old custom will unfold in one of the topmost, locked rooms of the complex during her exile, and Songlian eventually discovers the dreadful secret. This is a masterful film which only gets better on each viewing.

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