Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the Red Lantern

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).

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...

Winner of the Elvira Notari Prize (Zhang), the FIPRESCI Prize (Zhang) and the Silver Lion, 1991 Venice Film Festival
1991Rating: M, Adult themes125 minsChina, Hong Kong, TaiwanMandarin with English subtitles
DramaRomanceHistoricalWorld CinemaFestival & 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
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TV Guide

TV Guide

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A masterpiece.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A Chinese film of voluptuous physical beauty and angry passions.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

A masterpiece.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A Chinese film of voluptuous physical beauty and angry passions.

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