Raise the Red Lantern

Title: Raise the Red Lantern
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Synopsis Raise the Red Lantern 1991 Mandarin Movie
A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household.

My views
Every frame of this film explodes with excellent acting, cinematography, music and art direction. This is by no means, an art film this is a human film, while holding an ethnic background these people portrayed in the film are all of us and is probably what we would call a fable on the cruelty of humanity. This is in my opinion, Zhang Yimou's greatest film, it is a triumph in film form and narrative. The haunting sounds of flutes, a significant visual and audio element that has a mythical quality due to it's importance to Song Lian and becomes an unattainable item of the gods when it is removed from existence when it is burned, becoming a tragic reminder on the attempts to vanquish the personalities of not only Song Lian but all of the concubines. Slow-paced, it ingratiates itself with you, drawing you in deeper and deeper. Long after you have finished your post film analysis, the light from the red lanterns will still be searing in your eyes.

  • Acting/Cast: 8
  • Story: 9
  • Music/Sounds: 8
  • Overall: 8.2

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