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

March 26, 2009
This simple, repetetive tale has a mesmerizing quality able to hook audiences from beginning to end.
February 9, 2006
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.
May 20, 2003
"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.
January 1, 2000
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
January 1, 2000
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
"The Story of Qiu Ju" has its bawdy pleasures, but it's far too litigious to be especially entertaining, and is at its best in its documentary mode.