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

Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao GuaBBBBB

(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.

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

Film Festivals:  Venice 1991

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , ,

Academy Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (Hong Kong)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Best Cinematographer (Fei Zhao)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography (Fei Zhao)

Best Foreign Film (Yimou Zhang)

National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Cinematography (Fei Zhao)
Best Foreign Language Film

Best Actress (Gong Li)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Films

Venice Film Festival Award
Silver Lion (tie)

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

British Academy Award
Best Film not in the English Language

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film



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