Thursday, April 15, 2010

Friday Film Screening April 23, '10 at 9:00 pm


Da hong deng long gao gao gua (Raise the Red Lantern)

Director : Yimou Zhang
Language: Mandarin
Run Time: 125 min
Venue: IDC Auditorium
Time: 9:00 P.M.

Won BAFTA (1993)


Songlian is a university student who has been married off by her stepmother to a wealthy person due to her father’s sudden death. So she is in deep frustration as she hopes of using her education to broaden her horizons, now finds herself reduced to a small enclosure at the beck and call of her husband. Despite being given a maid (Kong Lin) and luxurious surroundings, she feels trapped inside the cheerless walls. Upon her arrival, Songlian realizes that she must keep one step ahead of her rivals, the three other wives. She also finds that red lanterns are hung outside of the house one of the wives with whom her husband wants to spend the whole night. During the first night together with her husband, she finds he is called away to tend to his spoiled third wife (He Caifei). Songlian then becomes acquainted with his other wives -- his first wife (Jin Shuyuan), an elderly woman who ignores Songlian; the third wife, an ex-opera singer; and the second wife (Cao Cuifeng), who offers Songlian friendship and helpful advice. But it turns out that the second wife's motives are not exactly innocent--she is conspiring with Songlian's maid to undermine both the third wife and Songlian. Songlian finds herself helpless bounded by the age old customs.


Banned in China for a short time in the early 1990s.

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