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Raise The Red Lantern / Dahong Denglong Gaogao Gua / Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua


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  Raise The Red Lantern / Dahong Denglong Gaogao Gua / Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua   Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
8.58 /10
 
Starring
Gong Li , Ma Jingwu, He Caifei
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Directed by: Zhang Yimou
Written by: Ni Zhen

 
 
 
Released: 1992
   
Genre: DRAMA
FOREIGN
COSTUME
   
Origin: China/ Hongkong/ Taiwan
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 126
 
 


 
A young woman (Gong Li, pictured) becomes, much against her will, the fourth wife of a rich old merchant.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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I was very disappointed by this, especially as Zhang Yimou's previous film, Ju Dou, was one of my 10 favourites of 1991. His trademarks are all here: a period setting, a gorgeous leading actress (Gong Li again), lush colours, a stifled sensuality, a sense of tragically wasted lives. And, pretty clearly, it's another coded attack on the elderly, male, faceless Chinese establishment. It's worth seeing, especially if you haven't seen any of Yimou's work before, but it doesn't add to anything he has said before, much more effectively. The pace is soporific, and there's something mannered, literary and aetiolated about it, like the worst of Merchant Ivory.


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