Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)1992
Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) (1992)
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as The Master
as Mother Song
as Dr. Gao
as Doctor Gao
as Old servant
as Chen Baishun
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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 defining example of Chinese movie-making and one of the best films of the '90s.
Audience Reviews for Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)
A film of sheer formal beauty, with a gorgeous cinematography and an enthralling allegoric story about the subjection of women in a patriarchal society, but it is infuriating how it collapses in its last forty minutes, turning into a melodramatic soap-opera with a terrible ending.
Loved it. I felt so sorry for these women with no option but to marry a wealthy man and become one of his wives. And then the unnecessary back stabbing of each other and the tragedy at the end. Visually beautiful too with the lanterns and costumes. Even the opera singing was very pretty, which was surprising to me!
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.
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