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A Dream in Red Mansions (1988)

Hong lou meng (original title)
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
Chen Hong ...
Zijuan (as Hong Chen)
Saifei He ...
Miao Yu
Su Ying Huang ...
Jia Lian's nannie
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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Was released in six parts, over the years 1988-89. See more »

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Masterpiece of Social Criticism in ancient China.
1 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

The film deserves a perfect ten for accurately reflecting what was in the original novel. What is more important is that equal if not higher credit must be given to the original novel and its author as well, because back when this novel was first written, imperial China was far more intolerant than now and criticizing traditional Confucianism take huge courage.

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