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The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
"Qiu Ju da guan si" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  16 April 1993 (USA)
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A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of ... See full summary »

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Qiu Ju
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Wan Qinglai, chili farmer
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Zhijun Ge ...
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Wanqing Zhu
Luowen Cui
Huiqin Yang
Jianfa Wang
Zi Lin
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A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of the hierarchy and travels farther and farther away from the countryside the viewer is also provided with a look at the changing Chinese society through the verite camera used in most scenes. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Lawyer Wu: [subtitles] Qiu Ju, in civil and administrative lawsuits, the defendants aren't necessarily bad people.
Qiu Ju: Do good people sue each other?
Lawyer Wu: Of course!
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24 May 2003 | by (california) – See all my reviews

The story is of a poor, uneducated yet stubborn farmwoman seeking justice from a highly bureaucratic government (for a seemingly minor injustice), and the nightmarish journey she must endure to achieve it. Her numerous trips to the city and meetings with various officials result in a surprise ending. The operative lesson from this movie: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

Having visited the Chinese country outside Tianjin and Beijing in 1999, this movie is the most realistic I have ever seen. This film serves as a geniune window into what everyday life is like in rural and urban China. The humorous scene of the shy young couple applying for the marraige license seems almost too real, as if they had a Candid Camera on them. I am most curious how the makers of this film were able to plop one of the most famous (and most beautiful) stars of mainland China in the middle of the many on-location scenes and not have anyone recognize her?? (Although in a couple of scenes it looks like people might have). Doubtless her unflattering costume emphasizing her pregnancy helped disguise her for most of the movie. Also note the distant camera shots, which enables the camera to be hidden and inconspicuous and also not draw attention to Gong Li. Either that or the makers must have used the most extras ever hired for a movie. I would like to find out more about the methods used to make this film. In any case, the results are another delightful and glorious piece from Zhang Yimou.


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