Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the Red Lantern is a 1991 award-winning Chinese film directed by Zhang Yimou. Set in the 1920s, the film tells the story of a young woman who becomes one of the concubines of a wealthy man during the Warlord Era.

You can watch the film at Youtube at this link.

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The New York Times calls it "as visually striking as it is dramatically effective". The Guardian says, "No film had a more startling effect in the west than Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern".

Senses of Cinema discusses the film's meaning and says, "It is no wonder that Raise the Red Lantern was banned in China when it was released in 1991 and was never screened in cinemas." Rolling Stone calls it "a magnificent film that confirms Zhang as a world-class director". Empire Online closes with this: "A haunting, beautiful film ably led by the perfectly understated performances of the main actors. A delight."

Roger Ebert has it on his list of Great Movies. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 96%.

11 comments:

  1. I'm off to watch it now. Thanks so much for the link.

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    1. It is beautiful! but a tragic story.

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  2. Thanks for the link - will watch it soon!

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  3. I thought it was quite sad, but the costumes and lead actress were beautiful!

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    1. Yes, that's exactly what I thought, beautiful, but sad.

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  4. I saw this a few years ago (netflix) and remember how haunting it was. Sad. Beautifully done, though. :)

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    1. I'd never heard of it until I saw it on the 1001 Movies list. Such a tragic life :(

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  5. This sounds really good. I am going to check it out this evening. Off to work and it's snowing so traffic will be slow. Happy February! Hugs-Erika

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    1. Snow! We have a high predicted today of 55 F with dreary rain. February sometimes makes me remember January with fondness lol

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