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Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang) (1987)

Red Sorghum
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Li Gong Li Gong
My Grandma
Wen Jiang Wen Jiang
My Grandpa
Rujun Ten Rujun Ten
Uncle Luohan
Zhigang Chen Zhigang Chen
Kun Dong Kun Dong
Guoguang Du Guoguang Du
Xiaoguang Hu Xiaoguang Hu
Chun Hua Ji Chun Hua Ji
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Jianyu Chen Jianyu Chen
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Yan Mo Yan Mo
books Red Sorghum and Sorghum Wine


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A good movie

3 years, 6 months ago at Jul 19 8:23
I have always been a fan of Asian movies especially in the 90's. Unfortunately, I don't watch many of those nowadays. Honestly, I'm not really knowledgeable about Zhang Yimou. I mean, I have seen half of his movies but I'm still missing his best movies which he made in the 90's. Anyway, I was definitely eager to check his directing debut, also starring Gong Li in her acting debut as well. First of... read more
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The film takes place in a rural village in China's eastern province of Shandong during the Second Sino-Japanese War. It is narrated from the point of view of the protagonist’s grandson, who reminisces about his grandmother, Jiu'er. She was a poor girl who was sent by her parents into a pre-arranged marriage with an older man. This man, Li Datou, who owned a distillery, suffered from leprosy.
Release date: 1 February 1989
Tags: China (6), 1980s (3), 1987 (2), War (1), Chinese (1), 1980's (1), '80 (1), Asia (1), East Asia (1), Retro Asian (1), Wine (1), Disease (1), Drama (1)
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"This movie captures the Chinese landscape with a touch of love, love that the filmmakers had for their people and their culture which fuses with the sorghum fields and the folk songs they sing when they are happy or when they are in pain and anguish, beautifully. I felt the Japanese effect or the tyrannical force with which they subdued the Chinese should have been shown a little more, it all happened in a jiffy. The storytelling is pretty but fails to connect on many levels. Like the transition"


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A good movie

“I have always been a fan of Asian movies especially in the 90's. Unfortunately, I don't watch many of those nowadays. Honestly, I'm not really knowledgeable about Zhang Yimou. I mean, I have seen half of his movies but I'm still missing his best movies which he made in the 90's. Anyway, I was definitely eager to check his directing debut, also starring Gong Li in her acting debut as well. First of all, it is a really gorgeous movie to look at. Only for this, it is worth a look. Furthermore, the acting was pretty impressive as well. I mean, Gong Li was only 22 years but she still manage to give a very good performance. It is too bad I only managed to see her recent work because she is a rather fascinating actress. On the downside, I have to admit that the whole thing was rather slow and the” read more

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