The Story of Qiu Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si)
The Story of Qiu Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si) (1992)

Chinese actress Gong Li is heartbreakingly brilliant as farm woman Qui Ju. When her husband is kicked and beaten without provocation by the arrogant village leader, Qui Ju wants an apology and explanation. When none are forthcoming, she… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 2, 1992
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Deborah Young

This simple, repetetive tale has a mesmerizing quality able to hook audiences from beginning to end.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's hardly a threat to the antics of "Naked Gun" but it's a delicately wry take on the absurdities of bureaucratic life. It upends Zhang's resume wonderfully.

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Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Sparks of genius already apparent.

Derek Adams
Time Out

The plot seems expressly designed to placate the bureaucrats who banned Zhang's two previous films in China, but the quasi-documentary approach (involving scores of non-professional actors, hidden cameras and radio mikes) is brilliantly finessed.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

"The Story of Qiu Ju" has its bawdy pleasures, but it's far too litigious to be especially entertaining, and is at its best in its documentary mode.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

One of Zhang Yimou's finest moments.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

"The Story of Qui Ju" reaffirms Zhang Yimou's stature as storyteller and sociologist extraordinaire, and as a visual artist of exceptional delicacy and insight.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Utilizando a montagem de forma precisa para estabelecer o ritmo da vida de seus personagens, Yimou narra uma história bem-humorada e reveladora sobre a China contemporânea, sendo auxiliando por Gong Li em um de seus melhores desempenhos.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Mesmerizing Chinese film about a woman who is zealous for justice

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Brilliant story, reminded me of some of the great Russian authors who gave us a glimpse into the hearts of peasants and how close-knit the communities are (and… More
Nikki Meroney
Entirely too slow.
John Ballantine
Another great and masterful tale from Zhang Yimou focusing on the simplicity and yet the complexity of everyday people and the challenges that they rise to.
Anthony Valletta
Hilarious story of bureaucracy.
Dannielle Albert
It was a really good movie. I enjoyed learning about the culture and seeing the determination of Qui Ju. She would not give up no matter what. It was inspiring.