The Story of Qiu Ju

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In a small town in China, village elder Wang (Lei Laosheng) ends an argument with the peasant Qinglai (Liu Peiqi) by kicking him. Incensed, Qinglai's indomitable and heavily pregnant wife, Qiu Ju (Gong Li), demands an apology from the village chief. When she doesn't get one, Qiu Ju embarks doggedly on a quixotic search for justice, taking her case to higher and higher levels of government and encountering maddening levels of bureaucracy in the process.

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Critic Reviews for The Story of Qiu Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (3)

  • This simple, repetetive tale has a mesmerizing quality able to hook audiences from beginning to end.

    March 26, 2009

    Deborah Young

    Variety
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  • The plot seems expressly designed to placate the bureaucrats who banned Zhang's two previous films in China, but the quasi-documentary approach (involving scores of non-professional actors, hidden cameras and radio mikes) is brilliantly finessed.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • "The Story of Qui Ju" reaffirms Zhang Yimou's stature as storyteller and sociologist extraordinaire, and as a visual artist of exceptional delicacy and insight.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • It's hardly a threat to the antics of "Naked Gun" but it's a delicately wry take on the absurdities of bureaucratic life. It upends Zhang's resume wonderfully.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
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    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There is a point in the film when it begins to seem repetitive: The leader will remain unbending, the Qui Ju will keep appealing. Then we begin to connect with the underlying story of the film.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Story of Qiu Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si)

  • Mar 12, 2016
    Brilliant story, reminded me of some of the great Russian authors who gave us a glimpse into the hearts of peasants and how close-knit the communities are (and have to be). Zhang Yimou's execution was almost perfect--from the first scene he forces the audience to piece together the events, never patronizing us. Its documentary-like shots of everyday Chinese folk combines the realism of Chekhov with the comic absurdity of Gogol. Gong Li's energy was magnetic.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2012
    Another great and masterful tale from Zhang Yimou focusing on the simplicity and yet the complexity of everyday people and the challenges that they rise to.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2008
    It was a really good movie. I enjoyed learning about the culture and seeing the determination of Qui Ju. She would not give up no matter what. It was inspiring.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2008
    Hilarious story of bureaucracy.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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