Raise The Red Lantern (Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua)

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(out of 5)


A young country girl () is sent to live in the mansion of a wealthy man to be his fourth wife. In this household, a red lantern is raised above the door of any one of the four wives to denote whom the master chooses to spend his evening with, and soon our heroine realizes that the process of getting the lantern above her door for as long as possible is a fight for status and survival. Her wits are sharpened when she meets her three rivals (all of whom are older than her) and is introduced to a world of Do or Die. Fantastic photography is just the starting point of this incredible journey, one highlighted by terrific acting, a brilliant script, and Yimou’s unwavering direction.


ERA International, , Century Communications, Salon Films

China/Hong Kong/Taiwan, 1991

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by ,

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1991

Boston Film Critics Awards 1992

Independent Spirit Awards 1992.  

National Board of Review Awards 1992.  

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