"Raise the Red Lantern"
Directed by Zhang Yimou
Prisons come in many forms. Some are encased
with iron bars. But those bound
by silken threads can be just as impenetrable. From Zhang Yimou,
"China's most daring and exciting director" (Los Angeles
Times), comes an Oscar«-nominated masterpiece of stark beauty and
the beautiful Gong Li as a
20-year-old college student who is betrayed by her mother and
"sold", to become the fourth wife of a wealthy, powerful
aristocrat. Her presence occasions a series of bitter jealousies and
disputes with the three other wives. A fascinating work about sex,
oppression and patriarchy.
Originally banned in mainland China for its dark depiction of Chinese
society, Raise the Red Lantern is "a film of astonishing beauty and
terror" (Los Angeles Times) that will captivate you from start to
finish. Mandarin with English subtitles. 125 minutes.