The Story Of Qiu Ju (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Original title:  Qiu Ju Da Guan Si

China/Hong Kong, 1992.  Sil-Metropole Organisation, Youth Film Studio of Beijing Film Academy.  Screenplay by , based on the novella The Wan Family’s Lawsuit by .  Cinematography by , , .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Excellent, modern-day drama that is a turn of tide for director Zhang Yimou, who usually directs plush period pieces. is brilliant as a young woman from the Chinese provinces travelling to the big city in order to seek justice for her husband, who was assaulted by their village’s mayor. Quiet and subtle, the film wraps you up in its story with the simplest means, and never lets you go until the end.

Venice Film Festival AwardsGolden Lion; Best Actress (Gong Li)

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