The Story of Qiu Ju

Title: The Story of Qiu Ju "Qiu Ju da guan si" (original title)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Synopsis The Story of Qiu Ju 1992 Mandarin Movie
A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of the hierarchy and travels farther and farther away from the countryside the viewer is also provided with a look at the changing Chinese society through the verite camera used in most scenes.

My views
'The Story of Qiu Ju' by Zhang Yimou is not a masterpiece as is his film 'Raise the Red Lantern.. It doesn't have the epic qualities of 'To Live' nor is it as visually stunning as 'The Road Home'. But the movie may well be Zhang's most thought provoking film, leaving you pondering the messages a long time after the movie has ended. The movie shows the rural China and I was awestruck at how well this movie captures exactly the China that a modern visitor to the country would see. Not just the landscapes but also the people are portrayed just as they are. I loved 'Qiu Ju' for its austere simplicity of production. I found myself wondering how many of the people who appeared on the screen were actually actors as opposed to just having a blunt camera imposing itself into their daily lives. The Chinese are lovely, gentle people, and it was a delight to see a film that accurately reflects this character and Chinese system.

  • Acting/Cast: 9
  • Story: 7.5
  • Music/Sounds: 8
  • Overall: 7.8

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