Raise the Red Lantern ( Da hong deng long gao gao gua ) Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 465

Average Rating: 3.2/4

# of Ratings: 54

Theatrical Release Date: 03/13/1992

Language: Mandarin

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Yimou Zhang

Actors: Li Gong, Caifei He, Cuifen Cao, Jingwu Ma, Qi Zhao, Lin Kong

Plot: 1920s China - the young Songlian if forced into marriage with the powerful lord Chen Zuoqian following her father's death. He already has three wives, and the women are constantly scheming to be the chosen one he spends the night with - signified by a red lantern - as the incentives - status, power, privilege - cannot be ignored. But his power struggle will soon get out of hand. -- Chris Kavan

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4/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/18/2012

Everything about this film is beautiful - from the tortured and emotional story, to the evocative score (with especially haunting songs), to the vibrant cinematography. This is a poignant landmark of Asian cinema that will stick with you long after viewing.

Rating of
3.5/4

donkeyknight - wrote on 05/01/2011

Interesting to see Yimou's early work. 10 years before Hero, he is using light and color as defining elements of this tragic story. Very memorable.

Rating of
3.5/4

goodfellamike - wrote on 10/30/2008

Beautiful examination of sexual politics in China told with excellent detail; Zhang Yimou's direction and Gong Li's performance are superb. Final Grade: A-

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