Ju Dou (1990)


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A dark, sensual, and visually sumptuous drama, Ju Dou centers on the title character, the third wife of a wealthy silk dyer in 1920s China. Forced into marriage by poverty, Ju Dou is repeatedly mistreated and cruelly disciplined by her husband, Jin-shan, for failing to bear him an heir. Her suffering attracts the sympathy of Jin-shan's younger, kinder nephew, Tian-qing, and the two begin a secret affair that could have tragic consequences. Spanning the course of many years, the film's narrative … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Liu Heng
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On DVD: Feb 14, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Ju Dou

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

The film appealed to me for two reasons. First, because of its unabashed, lurid melodrama, in which the days are filled with scheming and the nights with passion and violence. Second, because of its visual beauty.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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As sumptuously cinematic as it is woefully fatalistic.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 21, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Ju Dou

A tragic love story set against the colorful backdrop of a Chinese dye mill. The fantastic cinematography makes Ju-Dou a treat for the eyes even though the story is heartbreaking and sad. Highly recommended!

Randy Tippy

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My first encounter with Zhang Yimou and it left a lasting impression. A must see for sure.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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The story is both unpleasant and yet interesting. Few of the characters really connected with me. Ju Dou, becomes the object of sympathy right from the start. Her life is horrible, and even the relationship with Tianqing ultimately strikes me as unsatisfying, because frankly Tianqing was a wimp. The character of Tianqinq comes across as childish and immature and afraid of everything. In a way, the most powerful character was the adolescent Tianbai, Ju Dou's son. He only appears in the last part of the movie, but he comes across as completely hateful and totally unemotional. It all leads up to a tragic and confusing ending.

The love scenes and violence are visual limited, because of Chinese limitations,
I guess, But all in all Ju Dou is a stunning film and worth to watch.

Daisy Maduro

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