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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 21 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beyond words 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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Banned in China for a short time in the early 1990s.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 Nitrate Base (1996)See more »

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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Beyond words, 7 November 2000
Author: jeff_stryker from Hampshire, England

This movie has it all, betrayal, conflict and tragedy. I have to say that I couldn't live without it, effectively anyway. The political criticisms tear at the spine of the film and the beauty of it in such an intimate setting is outstanding. The use of such a rich, three dimensional setting defies what we have been taught by the mainstream as being beautiful and sets a standard on a budget that I would love to be aware of, that all Hollywood movies should aspire to. It shows us that film, real film that is, does not need $100 million to look good, rather the combination of a haunting setting in the middle of vastness and the equally haunting beauty of it's star, Gong Li, but at it's heart the house itself resembles a claustrophobic pot, boiling over the surface.

This is in my opinion, Zhang Yimou's greatest film, it is a triumph in film form and narrative. The haunting sounds of flutes, a significant visual and audio element that has a mythical quality due to it's importance to Songlian and becomes an unattainable item of the gods when it is removed from existence when it is burned, becoming a tragic reminder on the attempts to vanquish the personalities of not only Songlian but all of the concubines. It's slow burning nature may repel the masses but anyone who can get a copy, do so without fail, you will never regret it. I cannot stress the importance of this film, we may see it as a study on the oppression of women in China, but this is universal, we westerners once did the same thing not too long ago.

For me the cinematography is what sells the film, it is the best I have ever seen and ever will. If there is ever a film to promote the use of the three strip technicolour process once again, this is it. Long after you have finished your post film analysis, the light from the red lanterns will still be searing in your eyes.

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