Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) (1991)
Zhang Yimou's examination of class consciousness in pre-Maoist 1920s China stars Gong Li as 19-year-old Songlian, a educated woman forced to become the fourth wife of elderly nobleman Master Chen (Ma Jingwu).
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Critic Reviews for Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)
Visually ravishing and emotionally cold, Zhang's third feature is one long series of pushes and pulls.
A beautifully crafted and richly detailed feat of consciousness-raising and a serious drama with the verve of a good soap opera.
Gong Li delivers a performance of exquisite expressiveness that, like the film itself, is unnerving in its emotional nakedness.
A near-perfect movie that often recalls the visual purity and intensity of silent films.
The story never amounts to much more than a rather tepid Chinese rendition of The Women.
A defining example of Chinese movie-making and one of the best films of the '90s.
With its beautiful look and haunting themes and sublime performances, Raise The Red Lantern is Yimou's master work.
One of Yimou's two or three masterpieces, this visually stunning film offers an extraordinary view of gender, sexuality, female rivalry and bonding in a historical context (1920s China) that bears some political relevance to the present time.
Funcionando tanto como drama quanto como alegoria, o filme desenvolve seu tema com uma fotografia não apenas belíssima, mas também simbólica.
The film is a bit slow in places, but it's so involving that the audience probably won't mind.
Raise the Red Lantern is like some exotic hothouse specimen that's beautiful to the eye yet caustic to the touch.
Audience Reviews for Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)
A fantastic film about expectations and societal roles. Director Zhang Yimou exhaustively captures the pomp and circumstance of every tradition, beautifully juxtaposing this grandeur with the desperate plight of the concubines. He shows that under all the bizarre foot massages and the ceremonial lighting of the lanterns, there is a group woman eagerly laying in wait for the master to come and bestow upon them his light.
Confined to grounds of this temple, or what seems like a very small prison, he captures both the elegance and the crippling confinement that these women call home. Even in this isolated & relatively small space, Yimou makes the stakes feel so high.
For me it was an unexpected delight and a film I will not soon forget.
A House of traditions and customs haunted by scandal, hatred, and deceit; Raise The Red Lantern is aesthetically breathtaking strengthened by a young Gong Li's glorious performance. Silently intense and deeply metaphorical. Sublime.More
Elegant staid compositions, flowing rooftops, a hundred shades of red and yellow light surrounded by grey, patriarchy depersonalized with long shots and curtains, Gong Li... The filmmakers seem a bit overeager for their ending, which is out of romantic fiction... Mao is coming, you knowMore
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