The Story of Qui Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si) (Qiu Ju Goes to Court) (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Story of Qui Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si) (Qiu Ju Goes to Court) (1992)

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Chinese actress Gong Li is heartbreakingly brilliant as farm woman Qui Ju. When her husband is kicked and beaten without provocation by the arrogant village leader, Qui Ju wants an apology and explanation. When none are forthcoming, she takes her case to the national government, where she becomes mummified in bureaucratic red tape. As Qui Ju goes from individual to statistic, her story becomes everybody's story, and the viewer will be hard put not to empathize with the poor woman's plight. Story of Qui Ju was another triumphant collaboration for Chinese director Zhang Yimou and his favorite actress Gong Li (they had previously worked together on such films as the international favorite Raise the Red Lantern). While the film was heavily censored in its native China, Qui Ju was released intact to the rest of the world, to universal acclaim.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Sil-Metropole Organisation

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Cast

Li Gong
as Qiu Ju
Lei Lao Sheng
as Village Leader
Leu Pei Qi
as Husband
Ge Zhi Jun
as Officer Li
Peiqi Liu
as Wan Qing Lai/Husband
Laosheng Lei
as Wan Shantung/Village Head
Zhijun Ge
as Officer Li
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Critic Reviews for The Story of Qui Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si) (Qiu Ju Goes to Court)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Utilizando a montagem de forma precisa para estabelecer o ritmo da vida de seus personagens, Yimou narra uma história bem-humorada e reveladora sobre a China contemporânea, sendo auxiliando por Gong Li em um de seus melhores desempenhos.

March 29, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Sparks of genius already apparent.

March 1, 2005

One of Zhang Yimou's finest moments.

July 23, 2004
Nitrate Online

Mesmerizing Chinese film about a woman who is zealous for justice

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Story of Qui Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si) (Qiu Ju Goes to Court)

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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 Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Entirely too slow.

Nikki Meroney
Nikki Meroney

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