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A.k.a.
Raise the Red Lantern
Year
1991
Runtime
125 min.
Director
Yimou Zhang
Genres
Drama, Romance, History
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
19,454
Checks
4,493
Favs
632
Dislikes
22
Favs/checks
14.1% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
29:1
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  1. vt.md's avatar

    vt.md

    This movie is a rare visual treat. Extremely vibrant and colorful. Gong Li is flawless. An intriguing and interesting analysis on the fate of women and traditional customs in the early 1900s in China. Women are basically trapped, physically and psychologically, in the 4-walls of their husbands. They obey their husbands like the way servants would to their masters. A man holds absolute power. He does whatever he pleases and can marry as many concubine as he sees fit. He treats his concubines like toys - cherishes them when they're still new and shiny but after a while he'd toss them away as they get old or don't offer anything new. It's a sad peek into the monotonous life of the concubines. Not only they're trapped, they're pushed into a cat and mouse game between the wives to get the master's attention. They'd do whatever it needs to get favor of the husband, namely giving him a son. It's a mad society. No matter how educated a woman is, it's ridiculously hard to get out of the rat race. Excellent movie. 10 years 6 months ago
  2. Flicker's avatar

    Flicker

    Remove this movie from the Romance list immediately 2 years 2 months ago
  3. TheMajor's avatar

    TheMajor

    Highly recommended. 9 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #14 in BIFF's Asian Cinema 100
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  2. This movie ranks #22 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  3. This movie ranks #24 in IMDb's History Top 50
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  4. This movie ranks #32 in Empire's The 100 Best Films of World Cinema
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  5. This movie ranks #48 in IMDb's Romance Top 50
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  6. This movie ranks #49 in IMDb's 1990s Top 50
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  7. This movie ranks #54 in Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
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  8. This movie ranks #135 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
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  9. This movie ranks #188 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
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  10. This movie ranks #215 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  11. This movie ranks #221 in iCheckMovies's Most Favorited
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  12. This movie ranks #298 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
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  13. This movie ranks #431 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  14. This movie ranks #435 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  15. This movie ranks #548 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  16. This movie ranks #599 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  17. This movie ranks #697 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  18. This movie ranks #755 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  19. This movie ranks #825 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  20. This movie ranks #925 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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