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Raise the Red Lantern (1991) - Plot Summary Poster

Plot Summary

  • China in the 1920's. After her father's death, nineteen year old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian, the lord of a powerful family. Fifty year old Chen has already three wives, each of them living in separate houses within the great castle. The competition between the wives is tough, as their master's attention carries power, status and privilege. Each night Chen must decide with which wife to spend the night and a red lantern is lit in front of the house of his choice. And each wife schemes and plots to make sure it's hers. However, things get out of hand...

    - Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>
  • 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.

    - Written by Beth

Synopsis

The film is set in 1920s China during the warlord era, years before the Chinese Civil War. Nineteen-year-old Songlian ( Sònglián...

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