Raise the Red Lantern

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Raise the Red Lantern is a 1991 film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. It is an adaption by Ni Zhen of the 1990 novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong. The film was later adapted into an acclaimed ballet of the same title by the National... read more
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Raise the Red Lantern is a 1991 film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. It is an adaption by Ni Zhen of the 1990 novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong. The film was later adapted into an acclaimed ballet of the same title by the National Ballet of China, also directed by Zhang. Set in the 1920s, the film tells the story of a young woman who becomes one of the concubines of a wealthy man during the Warlord Era. It is noted for its opulent visuals and sumptuous use of colours. The film was shot in the Qiao Family Compound near the ancient city of Pingyao, in Shanxi Province. Although the screenplay was approved by Chinese censors, the final version of the film was banned in China for a period.

Original Release

12/18/1991

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Cast

Geng Li Song Lian
Lin Kong Yan'er
Chu Xiao Feipu
Saifei He Meishan (Third Wife)
Cuifen Cao Zhuoyan (Second Wife)
Li Gong Yan'er
Jingwu Ma The Master
Qi Zhao Housekeeper
Shuyuan Jin Yuru (First Wife)
Weimin Ding Songlian's mother
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Yimou Zhang

Writers

Ni Zhen, Su Tong

Cast

Geng Li Song Lian
Lin Kong Yan'er
Chu Xiao Feipu
Saifei He Meishan (Third Wife)
Cuifen Cao Zhuoyan (Second Wife)
Li Gong Yan'er
Jingwu Ma The Master
Qi Zhao Housekeeper
Shuyuan Jin Yuru (First Wife)
Weimin Ding Songlian's mother
Zengyin Cao Old servant
Zhigang Cui Dr. Gao (as Zhihgang Cui)
Ming Hu Chen Zuo Qian

Producers

Wenze Zhang Executive Producer
Hsiao-hsien Hou Executive Producer
Fu-Sheng Chiu Producer

Editors

Yuan Du

1992 Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
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