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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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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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Drama | History | Romance | War

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As of 2015. This is the first film of ten collaborations between director Zhang Yimou & actress Gong Li. See more »

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Referenced in Where Have All the Flowers Gone (2002) See more »

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A Singular Chinese Film
26 July 2001 | by williamknottSee all my reviews

There are several versions of this film available on video. Some are in wide screen, some aren't. The impact of the visuals is lost without the full-shot wide screen. Then there are two different subtitled versions, one that has large subtitles and another that uses smaller but less intrusive subtitles, which is the best of the two. So depending on what version of the video you're watching, your experience of the film can vary. But assuming you get your hands on the good version...

This film is like a quiet fairy tale that transforms into something that I didn't see coming. The visuals are stunning. The story slowly unfolds but is presented so well that it's completely compelling. The acting is as good as it gets. And the ending hits you like a punch in the stomach.

This films stands out from all other Chinese films I have seen. It has a character uniquely its own, and is well worth seeking out.


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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,371
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Xi'an Film Studio See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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