Rent Red Sorghum (1987)

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1h 28min
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Synopsis:
As outlined by an unseen, anonymous narrator, "Sorghum" tells of the life between "Grandmother" and "Grandfather". The woman is a bride-to-be en-route to an arranged wedding with an aging leprous winemaker, when she is saved from a bandit attack by one of the bearers of her sedan. After the untimely death of the winemaker, she is re-united with the bearer and they endure continuous travails with banditry, pestilence and war with Japanese.
Actors:
, , , Zhigang Chen, Kun Dong, Guoguang Du, , , , , Laijing Nie, Ming Qian, , Hongguang Wang, , , Chunhua Zhai, , Yuxiang Zhang,
Directors:
Writers:
Jianyu Chen, Yan Mo
Aka:
Hong gao liang
Studio:
Drakes Avenue
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
China, Drama
Awards:

1988 Berlinale Golden Bear

BBFC:
Release Date:
12/01/2009
Run Time:
88 minutes
Languages:
Mandarin
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour

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Intriguing Piece of Chinese History - Red Sorghum review by Cato

Spoiler Alert
04/12/2017

Intriguing and apparently important Chinese film. After a frenetic opening wherein a young woman is being transported to her wedding in a cart by a band of Chinese men, the film settles down to her life in a brewery. Everything goes well in that she marries one of the young men, but trouble looms when the Japanese army raids the Chinese group, who are severely abused and killed. The time is obviously from the last century, most likely during the 2nd world w1ar. As I've noted before, the action is carried out in a very frenetic fashion, but there is a rather sad end, as often seems to happen in these films. And herein lies something I've noticed in Eastern films, and that's the seemingly Sado/Masochistic ways in which they live! There really doesn't appear to be any break in the frantic nastiness. Enjoy, if you like that sort of thing.

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