Raise the Red Lantern

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Raise the Red Lantern

(DA HONG DENG LONG GAO GAO GUA)

by Zhang Yimou

Chine

 

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Director: Zhang Yimou

Scriptwriter : Ni Zhen
(after Su Tong's novel)

Cinematographer: Zhao Fei

Editing: Du Yuan

Art Director: Qao Jiuping Dong Humiao

Music: Zhao Jiping

Cast: Gong Li, Ma Jingwu, He Saifei, Cao Cuifen, Jin Shutyuan

Production:
Nanjing Film Studio

Distribution: 
Films sans Frontières
70 Bd Sébastopol
75 003 Paris
France
Tel: 0033 1 42 77 01 24
Fax: 0033 1 42 77 42 66
Mail: distri@films-sansfrontieres.fr

Year:
1991

DCP, Colour, 125 min, OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

 
In China in the twenties, nineteen-year-old student Songlian becomes the fourth wife of Master Chen Zuoqian, a rich man in his fifties. According to tradition, as for the other three wives she will wait in a pavilion of the gorgeous house, until the master chooses the wife he decides to honor for the night. A red lantern is then lit at the door of the fortunate wife. In this closed world where wives are jealous of each other, Songlian feels she is sinking into void and madness…
 
Four seasons, four parts of a film whose unchanging frames and static shots make the weight of secular traditions even more present in a China apparently immobile since the Middle Ages. The women humiliated by their ‘master’ do not rebel but struggle to keep the position of ‘favorite’.
 
In the self-contained world of a Chinese rich family’s house, the four wives only use the power of speech to fight their rivals..
 

 

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