Ju Dou
Ju Dou (1990)

Zhang Yimou's second feature is set in China during the 1920s. Gong Li stars as the title character, a young woman whom the wealthy, aging Yang Jin-shan (Li Wei) buys to be his bride. Due to his own impotence, Ju Dou cannot bear the son… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 21, 1990
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Variety Staff

The picture is, indeed, as deliriously enjoyable as it sounds, but with the added dimension of age-old tradition forcing the characters into roles they don't want to play.

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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.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Its dark wit and fiery pace ensure that even the occasional overheated moments carry conviction.

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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.

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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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
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
Joseph Boomhower
"Ju Dou" tells the story of love between two people at the mercy of a cruel uncle and husband. Yang Tianqing (Li Baotian) is working for his uncle… More
Leo L
Interesting movie.
John Ballantine
My first encounter with Zhang Yimou and it left a lasting impression. A must see for sure.