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.

Directors:

Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang (co-director)

Writer:

Heng Liu
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Gong Li ... Ju Dou
Baotian Li ... Yang Tianqing
Wei Li Wei Li ... Yang Jinshan
Zhang Yi Zhang Yi ... Yang Tianbai as a child
Ji-an Zheng Ji-an Zheng ... Yang Tianbai as a youth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ma Chong Ma Chong
Zhijun Cong Zhijun Cong
Wu Fa Wu Fa
Zhaoji Jia Zhaoji Jia
Jia Jin Jia Jin
Xingli Niu Xingli Niu
Qianbin Yang Qianbin Yang ... (as Yang Qianbin)
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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 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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Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Ju Dou
1 July 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Mesmerizing melodrama set in 1920's China about a young woman who is forced to wed an abusive dye mill owner, who tortures her like an animal for not giving him a son, but more importantly, an heir. She decides to indulge in an affair with the nephew of her husband. Enthralling study of passion, sensation and burning for revenge brought to life in an extraordinary fashion which earned the film an Oscar nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film of 1990.


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Country:

China | Japan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

China

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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 Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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