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Ju Dou (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | April 1991 (USA)
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A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without ... See full summary »

Directors:

Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang (co-director)

Writer:

Heng Liu
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ma Chong Ma Chong
Zhijun Cong Zhijun Cong
Wu Fa Wu Fa
Li Gong ... Ju Dou
Zhaoji Jia Zhaoji Jia
Jia Jin Jia Jin
Baotian Li ... Yang Tian-qing
Wei Li Wei Li ... Yang Jin-shan
Xingli Niu Xingli Niu
Qianbin Yang Qianbin Yang ... (as Yang Qianbin)
Zhang Yi Zhang Yi ... Tianbai as child
Ji-an Zheng Ji-an Zheng ... Yang Tian-bai as a Youth
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Storyline

A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. This tale of romantic and familial love in the face of unbreakable tradition is more universal than its setting. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | Japan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor e Sedução See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,300, 10 March 1991

Gross USA:

$1,986,433

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,986,433
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was restored in 2017 by French company Impex Films with support from Arte France and Hiventy. This restoration was later first broadcast on October 2, 2017 on Franco-German channel Arte. See more »

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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Gong Li at her sexiest in this tragic movie!
19 January 2002 | by Strider-100See all my reviews

I have become a huge fan of Gong Li and have now purchased five films that she has appeared in. Ju Dou is by far her sexiest and most daring performance. She plays the lead character in the film named Ju Dou. She is a poor woman who is purchased by an old, impotent, and extremely cruel and abusive man who owns a Dye Factory. His name is Yang Jinshan. He wants to have an heir to succeed him but is having trouble getting his battered bride to conceive. At this juncture, his nephew, named Yang Tianqing, who is a mild mannered pervert who likes to be voyeuristic and watch his Uncle's new bride wash herself. Before he knows it, as the uncle is out on a trip, Ju Dou seduces him in one of the most erotic seduction scenes of all time. This is done in a very classy way, there is no nudity, but what is implied is quite obvious. In the aftermath of these proceedings, Ju Dou becomes pregnant and informs her "jackass" of a husband that she is going to give him a son. He is quite pleased and they end up naming the son, Yang Tianbi. Eventually the husband is crippled in an accident, and is later killed in an accident involving his son. For some odd reason, the son is as evil as can be and hates his mother and real Dad with a passion and proceeds with a plot to kill them. 2/3 of this movie is great. The last third in my opinion is that it is stupid. It is kind of like they tried to make Damien, The Omen, Part 4. The cinematography is excellent, but the last third of the movie was poorly done in my opinion. Like I said, this was Gong Li's sexiest role. She really has a way to express herself to the camera. However, the movie falls short of the mark.


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