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The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)

Qiu Ju da guan si (original title)
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A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of ... See full summary »

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Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Yuan Bin Chen (writer of the the novella on which the film is based, "The Wan Family's Lawsuit"), Heng Liu
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Li Gong ... Qiu Ju
Peiqi Liu ... Wan Qinglai, chili farmer
Liuchun Yang Liuchun Yang ... Meizi, Qinglai's sister
Kesheng Lei Kesheng Lei ... Wang Shantang, village chief
Zhijun Ge Zhijun Ge ... Officer Li
Wanqing Zhu Wanqing Zhu
Luowen Cui Luowen Cui
Huiqin Yang Huiqin Yang
Jianfa Wang Jianfa Wang
Zi Lin Zi Lin
Jun Ye Jun Ye
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Storyline

A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of the hierarchy and travels farther and farther away from the countryside the viewer is also provided with a look at the changing Chinese society through the verite camera used in most scenes. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

16 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$1,890,247
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Lawyer Wu: [subtitles] Qiu Ju, in civil and administrative lawsuits, the defendants aren't necessarily bad people.
Qiu Ju: Do good people sue each other?
Lawyer Wu: Of course!
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Referenced in Yi ge dou bu neng shao (1999) See more »

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Good, but far from my favorite Zhang Yimou (or Gong Li) film
19 June 2006 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Probably my least favorite Zhang Yimou film. Oh, it's not bad. It's pretty good, to tell the truth. But it's the kind of film where you get the point right away and you have to spend 100 minutes watching the filmmaker stumble toward the foregone conclusion. Gong Li plays the title character, a hugely pregnant woman. Her husband just got kicked in the nuts by their farming community's chief, and Qiu Ju wants an apology. Unfortunately, none of the officials she takes the case to can actually force the guy to apologize. They can make him dole out monetary compensation, but that's not good enough for Qiu Ju. Every time she doesn't get the results she wants, she attempts to go to a higher level of authority. It's an amusing situation, but the film kind of plods along slowly. I won't demand Zhang Yimou stick to his wonderful visual talents, but it is disappointing how mundane this film looks and feels. The worst crime perhaps is that Gong Li isn't given much acting to do. I love the final look on her face when the film ends, but I think pretty much anyone could have played Qiu Ju. I know, it sounds like I hated it, but I didn't. I just wasn't overly impressed with it, despite its obvious qualities.


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