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Cine Club: Wednesday 2 August 2017 (6:00 doors open and 7:00 talk beings)

Title:   Raise the Red Lantern

Director:  Yimou Zhang (China)

Released:  1991
Language:  Standard Mandarin (Eng S/T)
Duration:  2 hours 4 min
Key Actors:  
Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan

Interesting Links about the Film:
Trailer on YouTube: Click Here
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Roger Ebert Click Here

New York Times Click Here
Feminist.com Click Here
Washington Post Click Here

Synopsis: (adapted from IMDB Click Here)

China in the 1920's. After her father's death, nineteen year old  Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian, the lord of a powerful family. He  has already three wives, each of them living in  separate houses within the great castle. The competition between the  wives is tough, as their master's attention carries power, status and  privilege. Each night Chen must decide with which wife to spend the  night and a red lantern is lit in front of the house of his choice. And  each wife schemes and plots to make sure it's hers. However, things get  out of hand . . .

Yimou Zhang: (Adapted from Wikipedia Click Here)

Zhang Yimou (1951) is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. He is counted amongst the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, having made his directorial debut in 1987 with Red Sorghum.
Zhang has won numerous awards and recognitions, with Best Foreign Film nominations for Ju Dou in 1990 and Raise the Red Lantern in 1991, Silver Lion and Golden Lion prizes at the Venice Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 1993, he was a member of the jury at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. Zhang directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, which received considerable international acclaim. One of Zhang's recurrent themes is the resilience of Chinese people in the face of hardship and adversity, a theme which has been explored in such films as, for example, To Live (1994) and Not One Less (1999). His films are particularly noted for their rich use of colour, as can be seen in some of his early films, like Raise the Red Lantern, and in his wuxia films like Hero and House of Flying Daggers. His most recent film is a historical drama film called Coming Home.

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