Overall Rank: 498
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 55
Theatrical Release Date: 03/13/1992
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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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.
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.
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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