Ju Dou
Ju Dou (1990)

A dark, sensual, and visually sumptuous drama, Ju Dou centers on the title character, the third wife of a wealthy silk dyer in 1920s China. Forced into marriage by poverty, Ju Dou is repeatedly mistreated and cruelly disciplined by her… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

As sumptuously cinematic as it is woefully fatalistic.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

As well as having an eye for the dramatic - such as yards of cloth tumbling from a height or flames licking up a wall - Yimou also has a way of conveying the emotion of a scene with incredible brevity.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Delirious melodrama, Chinese style.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film appealed to me for two reasons. First, because of its unabashed, lurid melodrama, in which the days are filled with scheming and the nights with passion and violence. Second, because of its visual beauty.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Conduzido com segurança por Yimou (ainda em início de carreira), o filme atravessa décadas e conta com um visual rico para narrar uma forte e trágica história de amor.

Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Ju Dou is an emotionally fulfilling and viscerally rewarding adult film.

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Emanuel Levy

Powerful, poignant, and visually stunning, Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou was deservedly nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

This is a sumptuous, passionate and bleak look at sexuality and power in China.

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Full of incestuous overtones and punctuated with deaths by fire and water, this gripping melodrama of lust and jealousy is far more Freudian than Marxist; it casts a sultry, James M. Cainish spell.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
A tragic love story set against the colorful backdrop of a Chinese dye mill. The fantastic cinematography makes <i>Ju-Dou</i> a treat for the eyes… More
Leo L
Interesting movie.
John Ballantine
My first encounter with Zhang Yimou and it left a lasting impression. A must see for sure.
Daisy Maduro
The story is both unpleasant and yet interesting. Few of the characters really connected with me. Ju Dou, becomes the object of sympathy right from the start.… More