Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang)1987
Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang) (1987)
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Critic Reviews for Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang)
Satisfies both as straight folk tale and as a subversive tribute to the vitality and endurance of Chinese peasant culture.
Its supposedly innovative epic style looks decidedly old-fashioned here.
There is a strength in the simplicity of this story, in the almost fairy-tale quality of its images and the shocking suddenness of its violence, that Hollywood in its sophistication has lost.
It's almost comforting that "Sorghum" has structural shortcomings -- if Yimou's debut were any better, he'd have to be tested for artistic steroids.
"Red Sorghum" develops politically, not dramatically, and because the characters act according to social, not psychological, forces, there's nothing much to discover in them.
Audience Reviews for Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang)
Set in the 1920 and early 30s, this lush film seems almost timeless. It's about a young woman's life working on a distillery for sorghum liquor in China's eastern provinces. The story seems like a fairy tale until the violence at the end. It is melodramatic, but the cinematography is so luscious and passionate that it is absolutely stunning.
Another great Yimou film that is full of great drama and great storytelling. Kind of what we expect from this director.
So lush in a completely surprising way, but the story is boring. The best scene was when the servant guy rapes Gong Li in the sorghum fields.
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