Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)
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Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)
The phenomenal success and international acclaim of Raise the Red Lantern, cemented Zhang Yimou's status as a leading figure in world cinema and reaffirmed the vibrancy of Chinese cinema. Though the film was the topic of great political controversy in China upon its release, it received armfuls of awards from Belgium, Italy, the United Kingdom and a nomination for an Academy Award. This sumptuously photographed drama, set in Northern China in the 1920s and based on the novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong, stars Gong Li as Songlian, the fourth wife of an elderly landlord. Songlian is a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Visually ravishing and emotionally cold, Zhang's third feature is one long series of pushes and pulls."
‑ Rob Nelson, Village Voice
"A near-perfect movie that often recalls the visual purity and intensity of silent films."
‑ John Hartl, Film.com
"With its beautiful look and haunting themes and sublime performances, Raise The Red Lantern is Yimou's master work."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The film is always engrossing."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"A masterpiece."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A beautifully crafted and richly detailed feat of consciousness-raising and a serious drama with the verve of a good soap opera."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The story never amounts to much more than a rather tepid Chinese rendition of The Women."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"One of Yimou's two or three masterpieces, this visually stunning film offers an extraordinary view of gender, sexuality, female rivalry and bonding in a historical context (1920s China) that bears some political relevance to the present time."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film is a bit slow in places, but it's so involving that the audience probably won't mind."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Gong Li delivers a performance of exquisite expressiveness that, like the film itself, is unnerving in its emotional nakedness."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A defining example of Chinese movie-making and one of the best films of the '90s."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Funcionando tanto como drama quanto como alegoria, o filme desenvolve seu tema com uma fotografia não apenas belíssima, mas também simbólica."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Raise the Red Lantern is like some exotic hothouse specimen that's beautiful to the eye yet caustic to the touch."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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