Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the Red Lantern

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Li Gong (Memoirs of a Geisha) becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord in this period drama from veteran Chinese director Yimou Zhang (House of Flying Daggers). More

China in the 1920s. After her father's death, 19-year-old Songlian (Gong) is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for his attention and the privileges that are gained...

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1991Rating: PG, Adult themes125 minsChina, Hong Kong, TaiwanMandarin with English subtitles
DramaRomanceFestival & Independent
Director:
Yimou Zhang ('House of Flying Daggers', 'Hero', 'Curse of the Golden Flower')
Writer:
Ni Zhen
Cast:
Li GongSaifei HeJingwu MaCuifen CaoQi ZhaoLin KongShuyuan JinWeimin Ding

Raise the Red Lantern | Awards

Award Winner
Winner of the Elvira Notari Prize (Zhang), the FIPRESCI Prize (Zhang) and the Silver Lion, 1991 Venice Film Festival

Raise the Red Lantern | Reviews

97%29 reviews

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A beautifully crafted and richly detailed feat of consciousness-raising and a serious drama with the verve of a good soap opera.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Gong Li delivers a performance of exquisite expressiveness that, like the film itself, is unnerving in its emotional nakedness.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A Chinese film of voluptuous physical beauty and angry passions.

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