Songlian (Gong Li) is the fourth and newest wife to a master who already supports three wives. Each has her own house within the closed world of the family compound, where every evening a red lantern is lit in front of the door of the wife with whom the master chooses to sleep. Let the rivalries begin!
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- Raise the Red Lantern review by DM
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You rated this film: 3
The picture quality of this is not too good,and for those looking for an action film,go elsewhere. This is all about telling the story through looks,camera angles,lighting that sets a sense of place,and must make a fantastic study of film making techniques. When the fourth wife arrives the other three each greet her in differing ways,and the setting all takes place within the confines of the rooms and roof of the masters residence. It is a wonderfully made experience and quite delightful to see a picture drawn slowly and with a sense of character. Notice that the master plays a subservient role and you hardly see his face. Would get four stars except for the quality of the pictures.