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Red Sorghum (1988)

Hong gao liang (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | February 1989 (USA)
When a leprous winery owner in 1930s China dies a few days after his arranged marriage, his young widow is forced to run the winery to make a living while contending with bandits, her drunkard lover, and the invading Japanese army.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Jianyu Chen, Yan Mo (books) | 1 more credit »
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18 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Li Gong ... Wo Nainai (My Grandma)
Wen Jiang ... Wo Yeye (My Grandpa)
Rujun Teng Rujun Teng ... Wo Luohan Yeye (Uncle Luohan) (as Rujun Ten)
Ji Liu Ji Liu ... Wo Die (My Dad)
Ming Qian Ming Qian ... Wo Nainai ta Die (My Grandma's Dad)
Chunhua Ji ... Sanpao
Chunhua Zhai Chunhua Zhai
Zhaoji Jia Zhaoji Jia
Yuxiang Zhang Yuxiang Zhang
Guiyun Zhou Guiyun Zhou
Qianbin Yang Qianbin Yang ... (as Yang Qianbin)
Guoqing Xu Guoqing Xu
Erga Yao Erga Yao
Yusheng Li Yusheng Li
Kun Dong Kun Dong
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Storyline

In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds herself inheriting the isolated business. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

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This film was the acting debut of actress Gong Li. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Crash Course: Film History: World Cinema - Part 1 (2017) See more »

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Joyful, painful, funny, and horrifying and why isn't it on DVD?
21 August 2005 | by robzilla2001See all my reviews

Credit goes to Yimou for stripping this epic 2 novel series down to this spare and gorgeous little hour and a half. For all the recent fantastic forays into Chinese fantasy, this story (which is allegedly true) shown as it is, is as close to a fairy tale as it gets, at least until the very end. Every shot is a painting. For some reason this film is still near-impossible to find on DVD. I truly hope it is not being suppressed for anti-Japanese sentiment expressed in it. That would be a terrible shame. This film was released shortly before Tienanmenn (sp) and it has a boldness and frank humor rarely seen in Chinese film since.


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Details

Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Sorghum See more »

Filming Locations:

China

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,371
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Xi'an Film Studio See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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