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Five Girls and a Rope (1990)

Wu ge nu zi he yi gen sheng zi (original title)
| Drama | 1990 (Taiwan)
Five girls grow up in China during the first years of the twentieth century. When they become adults they have to learn that women are almost without rights. Other women close to them are ... See full summary »

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Jing Ai ...
Hejiang
Shih Chang ...
Sibao
Ying Chang ...
Shaman
Yuan-Qi Lu ...
Aiyue
Hsiu-ling Wang ...
Guijuan
Yu-Wen Wang
Pei-yu Wu ...
Jinmei
Chieh-mei Yang ...
Mingtao
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Five girls grow up in China during the first years of the twentieth century. When they become adults they have to learn that women are almost without rights. Other women close to them are suppressed in the most brutal way. When Mingtao is to marry a mentally deficient but rich man, she and her friends decide to escape and to search for the mythical "garden" where a woman's life is worth living. Written by Mirko Thiessen <mirko_thiessen@web.de>

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Cinq filles et une corde  »

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Taiwanese masterpiece, woefully unknown in the west
12 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in Taipei upon its release, and without subtitles. The story elaborates itself brilliantly through universal imagery, exceptional acting, very nice cinematography with a rich color palette. It's told in vignettes of cruelty that depict Chinese women in extraordinary fits of suffering and grief inflicted by men. In one, a woman who is hungry prepares food for men, but is forbidden from eating it alongside them, and is made to suffer when she makes her needs known. Her grief leaps off the screen, or so it seems. Although life in an older Asian clime is depicted, the storyline never lapses into parochialism. This film affects viewers quite deeply, and though the story arc is feminist, no stridency is on hand. It's about females crying out for mere modicums of empathy and parity.


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