Raise the Red Lantern

1991, Drama, 2h 5m

26 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Visually thrilling and rich with emotion, Raise the Red Lantern offers an engrossing period drama anchored by an outstanding performance from Gong Li. Read critic reviews

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Teenage Songlian (Gong Li), whose family has been devastated by the recent death of her father, becomes the third concubine of wealthy Master Chen (Ma Jingwu). She soon discovers that behind the palatial luxury of life in the master's house, she and her fellow concubines, Zhuoyan (Cao Cuifeng) and Meishan (He Caifei), are pitted against each other in a struggle for his affections. The situation inevitably leads to deception, jealous rages and the revelation of each other's darkest secrets.

Cast & Crew

Gong Li
Songlian
Ma Jingwu
The Master
Saifei He
Meishan (Third Wife)
Cao Cuifeng
Zhuoyan (Second Wife)
Ding Weimin
Songlian's mother
Hsiao-hsien Hou
Executive Producer
Wenze Zhang
Executive Producer
Naoki Tachikawa
Original Music
Jiping Zhao
Original Music
Fei Zhao
Cinematographer
Lun Yang
Cinematographer
Yuan Du
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