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Raise the Red Lantern ()

Da hong deng long gao gao gua (original title)
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A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household.

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Songlian
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Meishan (Third Wife)
Jingwu Ma ...
The Master
Cuifen Cao ...
Zhuoyan (Second Wife)
Qi Zhao ...
Housekeeper
Lin Kong ...
Yan'er
Shuyuan Jin ...
Yuru (First Wife)
Weimin Ding ...
Songlian's Mother (voice)
Zhengyin Cao ...
Old Servant
Zhigang Cui ...
Dr. Gao (as Zhihgang Cui)
Chu Xiao ...
Feipu
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Kids - Concubines (uncredited)

Directed by

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Yimou Zhang

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Su Tong ... (original novel "Wives and Concubines" by)
 
Ni Zhen ... (scriptwriter)

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Fu-Sheng Chiu ... producer
Hsiao-Hsien Hou ... executive producer
Wenze Zhang ... executive producer

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Naoki Tachikawa
Jiping Zhao

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Lun Yang
Fei Zhao

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Yuan Du

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Tod Scott Brody ... post-production: USA

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Jiuping Cao ... (as Juiping Cao)

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Huamiao Tong

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Yiting Feng ... production manager
Dehe Ma ... production supervisor

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Jianjun He ... assistant director

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Lanhua Li ... sound

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Hongguang Liu ... assistant camera
Hongyi Lu ... camera operator
Yong Shang ... camera operator
Guotai Wu ... assistant camera
Lun Yang ... camera operator

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Lihua Huang ... wardrobe

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Norman Wang ... publicist

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Plot Summary

China in the 1920's. After her father's death, nineteen year old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian, the lord of a powerful family. Fifty year old Chen has already three wives, each of them living in separate houses within the great castle. The competition between the wives is tough, as their master's attention carries power, status and privilege. Each night Chen must decide with which wife to spend the night and a red lantern is lit in front of the house of his choice. And each wife schemes and plots to make sure it's hers. However, things get out of hand... Written by Mattias Pettersson

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Taglines China, 1920. One master, four wives. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Raise the Red Lantern (United States)
  • Raise the Red Lantern (World-wide, English title)
  • Raise the Red Lantern (United Kingdom)
  • Épouses et concubines (France)
  • Rote Laterne (Germany)
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  • 125 min
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Trivia "The Master's" face is never seen. It is either obscured behind thin curtains or out of shot. See more »
Goofs Around 01:18:59, there is a lot of smoke in front of the third wife. And there is almost no smoke in front of the second one. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Straight Talk/Rock-a-Doodle/Thunderheart/Beethoven/Raise the Red Lantern (1992). See more »
Quotes The Third Concubine: Good or bad, it's all playacting. If you act well, you can fool other people; if you do it badly, you can only fool yourself, and when you can't even fool yourself, you just can fool the ghosts.
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