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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.
In purely aesthetic terms, Raise the Red Lantern is breathtaking.
A near-perfect movie that often recalls the visual purity and intensity of silent films.
This incomparably handsome film quickens and darkens into a fascinating drama of sexual politics in a time when women were little more than pampered prisoners.
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 always engrossing.
The film is a bit slow in places, but it's so involving that the audience probably won't mind.
A film of sheer formal beauty, with a gorgeous cinematography and a gripping 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.
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.
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