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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 4 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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Drama | Romance

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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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Gross USA:

$1,986,433
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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No Need To Understand Chinese - 8 stars - Ju Dou
12 August 2018 | by arthur_taferoSee all my reviews

8 STARS - No Need To Understand Chinese - Ju Dou

You don't need to understand a word of Chinese, even if you view this film in its native language without English subtitles. This story of a suffering Chinese wife in 1920s China who seeks sexual gratification outside of her impotent husband is a straightforward tale of passion. It is told in magnificent fashion via one beautiful shot after another by master Zhang Yimou. Gong Li, as always, is incomparable.

Zhang uses the same formula with her that Carlo Ponti used with Sophia Loren, the large-breasted star of Italy, who was a great actress trapped in a super-sexy body. In Two Women, Ponti did everything he could to downplay Loren's natural assets: plain clothes, dirt on her face, and mundane surroundings. Zhang does the same exact thing with Gong Li and is successful. Ju Dou is not the best work of Zhang, but that is like saying The Birds or Psycho was not the best work of Hitchcock. This film is gorgeous and shot to perfection. Millions of women will identify with it. Highly recommended.


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