A Dream in Red Mansions (1988)
"Hong lou meng" (original title)

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The decline of the Jia clan in imperial China.




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Cast overview:
Qin Xia ...
Jia Baoyu
Huimin Tao ...
Lin Daiyu
Yiwei Fu ...
Xue Baochai
Xiaoqing Liu ...
Wang Xifeng
Muyu Lin ...
Jia's Grandmother
Lirong Zhao ...
Granny Liu
Hong Chen ...
Saifei He ...
Miao Yu
Su Ying Huang ...
Jia Lian's nannie
Xiuming Li ...
Xiaoqing Ma ...
Shi Xiangyun
Jie Zhang ...
Jia Zheng
Zhou Zhou


Based on the mid-eighteenth century novel, The Dream of Red Mansions is a story that tells about the love between Pao Yu and Tai Yu. It also exposes the evils of the feudal system and the crimes of the feudal ruling class through the prosperity and decline of the four notable families of Chia, Shich, Wang, and Hsueh. Tai Yu is a beautiful girl who occasionally gets ill. Her cousin Pao Yu falls for her over the years and puts up with Tai Yu's sensitivity and fragile health. They live in the Grand View Garden of their village along with their cousins and Pao Yu's Siblings, where they go to school and spend quality time. The story gives praise to the revolts of the slaves in the Grand View Garden and reflects the social contradictions and early democratic thinking of their time. Written by Oliver Chu

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The 3rd attempt to make the 18th century novel into a movie
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The only reason this movie is better than the previous attempts is that this one is in color. However, the performance of all three are equally good, and all deserves a perfect ten. The only dissatisfaction is that due to the time and budget constrain, many details in the original novel was left out.

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