Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)
Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) (1991)

Zhang Yimou's examination of class consciousness in pre-Maoist 1920s China stars Gong Li as 19-year-old Songlian, a educated woman forced to become the fourth wife of elderly nobleman Master Chen (Ma Jingwu).

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Nelson
Village Voice

Visually ravishing and emotionally cold, Zhang's third feature is one long series of pushes and pulls.

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John Hartl

A near-perfect movie that often recalls the visual purity and intensity of silent films.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

With its beautiful look and haunting themes and sublime performances, Raise The Red Lantern is Yimou's master work.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A beautifully crafted and richly detailed feat of consciousness-raising and a serious drama with the verve of a good soap opera.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

In purely aesthetic terms, Raise the Red Lantern is breathtaking.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Gong Li delivers a performance of exquisite expressiveness that, like the film itself, is unnerving in its emotional nakedness.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The story never amounts to much more than a rather tepid Chinese rendition of The Women.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Funcionando tanto como drama quanto como alegoria, o filme desenvolve seu tema com uma fotografia não apenas belíssima, mas também simbólica.

Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
A fantastic film about expectations and societal roles. Director Zhang Yimou exhaustively captures the pomp and circumstance of every tradition, beautifully… More
Cynthia S.
Well, this movie is definitely not for someone who hates slow paced movies...cuz this is the slowest ever. But, it is so well done, and the storyline so boggles… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
A House of traditions and customs haunted by scandal, hatred, and deceit; Raise The Red Lantern is aesthetically breathtaking strengthened by a young Gong… More
Randy Tippy
Picture this: 1920-something China. A rich man has four wives. Each wife has her own house. Each house is connected by a common courtyard. Every night the… More
Adam Mahler
Elegant staid compositions, flowing rooftops, a hundred shades of red and yellow light surrounded by grey, patriarchy depersonalized with long shots and… More
Jennifer Xu
Seriously, sometimes I feel like I enjoy Chinese movies more simply because they are in Chinese and I can identify more. Like, there were mannerisms displayed… More