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A.k.a.
Raise the Red Lantern
Year
1991
Runtime
125 min.
Director
Yimou Zhang
Genre
Drama
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
19,454
Checks
3,902
Favs
542
Dislikes
19
Favs/checks
13.9% (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. 6 years 11 months ago
  2. TheMajor's avatar

    TheMajor

    Highly recommended. 6 years 1 month ago
  3. IamZlatan's avatar

    IamZlatan

    10/10 6 years 7 months ago
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  2. This movie ranks #22 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  3. This movie ranks #29 in Romance
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  4. This movie ranks #32 in The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema
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  5. This movie ranks #35 in 1990s
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  6. This movie ranks #54 in Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
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  7. This movie ranks #135 in 501 Must See Movies
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  8. This movie ranks #188 in Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Nominees
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  9. This movie ranks #214 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  10. This movie ranks #298 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
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