Ju Dou
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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 husband, Jin-shan, for failing to bear him an heir. Her suffering attracts the sympathy of Jin-shan's younger, kinder nephew, Tian-qing, and the two begin a secret affair that could have tragic consequences. Spanning the course of many years, the film's narrative takes several surprising turns, defying expectations and complicating audience sympathies.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As sumptuously cinematic as it is woefully fatalistic."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Delirious melodrama, Chinese style."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Ju Dou is an emotionally fulfilling and viscerally rewarding adult film."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Powerful, poignant, and visually stunning, Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou was deservedly nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is a sumptuous, passionate and bleak look at sexuality and power in China."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"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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