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Ju Dou Reviews

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June 12, 2010
An engaging early drama from Zhang that pulls no punches and seems comparable in many ways to the movie he was to make after it, Raise the Red Lantern, e.g. the symbolic use of red, some aspects of the plot. As good as it is, however, it never quite reaches the same heights as RTRL.
½ April 7, 2010
Released in a politically very sensitive time, Ju Dou was initially banned in China and wasn't screened until 1992, three years after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Although later denied by Zhang himself, the anti-authoritarian theme of Ju Dou, including an oft-debated silent demonstration of sympathy for the student protestors featuring Gong Li facing the camera directly as if appealing for help, makes it Zhang's most politically charged movie to date. It also introduces Zhang's symbolic use of colour to separate the different acts of the movie, later used in a more sensational manner in Hero and House Of Flying Daggers. Still, the main reason for Ju Dou's powerful impact is probably it's ageless melodrama and the moral questions it evokes in us.
½ March 7, 2010
beautiful film. loved the colours and the whole tone.
Super Reviewer
February 16, 2010
My first encounter with Zhang Yimou and it left a lasting impression. A must see for sure.
½ December 22, 2009
This Oscar nominated movie is a tragedy with an ending that is kind of predictable. Another of Zhang Yimou's films centered around a bold female character. Gong Li is fantastic as ever playing the title character.
November 29, 2009
A very dramatic and interesting movie.
October 3, 2009
another zhang yi mou masterpiece. see it.
½ August 16, 2009
A Chinese melodramtic masterpiece that was originally banned by the Chinese government upon it's release in 1990. Cinema geeks might find it interesting that the film was shot in Technicolor like an old classic Hollywood film from the 50s (it looks beautiful), and history/politics geeks might enjoy the (possible) political allegory running underneath the plot but the only important thing you need to know is that this is a quality film and you should definitely try and check it out. Especially if you like your love stories and romance bundled with a sizeable dollop of tragedy.
Super Reviewer
August 14, 2009
nominated for best foreign film at oscars
July 16, 2009
Ju Dou is reminiscent of Godfather and Oedipus Rex alike. Brilliantly written, it uses very little dialogue to tell a complicated and layered story. As the screenwriting mantra goes, Ju Dou shows, not tells, the story. The emotions seem real up until it's dark end. This film is one that has not been seen by nearly enough in the American audience.
May 24, 2009
Zhang Yimou delivers a visually stunning tragic masterpiece. So, basically it's a Zhang Yimou film.
½ April 22, 2009
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mvieaddict
Super Reviewer
April 18, 2009
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.
April 8, 2009
Zhang unearths every shade of yellow for this film.
February 24, 2009
definetely as lovely and tragic as most of yimou's other work. i dont think its as good as raise the red lantern but certainly as affecting. i was left pondering the morality of all the characters involved as i dont think there is a good one in the lot of 'em. i absolutely loved the cinematography but the dvd copy i had was total crap
February 15, 2009
One of the best Zhang Yimou's movies.
shesdownbytheriver
Super Reviewer
January 10, 2009
No thankyou - Not interested.
½ January 1, 2009
This movie is beautifully filmed and shows a true mastery of cinematography. contrary to what has been said below this is not a typical tragic storyline. It is in fact far more complex than many I have encountered. this short review is not the venue to explain why but it suffices to say the character interactions are not one dimensional or one sided like so many movies. One cannot say that Tianqing and Ju dou are the victims of the story. while they do suffer many hardships they, like Songlian in raise the red lantern, participate in the vicious cycle of cultural rules and taboos. It is also incorrect to say that Zhang Yimou's career is based around depressing movies, if one has seen and understood to live and riding alone for a thousand miles one would understand the incredible value that Zhang Yimou sees in life. He only understands that all people suffer and he portrays that in various degrees throughout his movies. In any case Ju Dou is a powerful film with an exceptionally horrifying plot.
December 26, 2008
Stunning. Haunting story, wonderful acting, and phenomenal camera work. The use of light here is remarkable, and left a number of visual impressions on my mind. Great movie all around.
December 6, 2008
Beautifully shot in Technicolor, this film shows the tragic story of lovers who have an affair right in front of the evil and abusive husband and who unexpectedly bear a child. They keep telling each other that they will soon elope and run away from everything but they are both incapable of doing it. The colorful dye and silk make this film more visually stunning and more luscious, a more unbelievable cinematic experience.
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