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Raise the Red Lantern

This magnificent film chronicles the life of a 1920s maiden who, at her mother's urging, agrees to marry a wealthy man. She becomes 'fourth mistress' in a house where being the master's favourite means all. A beautifully shot and perfectly observed drama.

Year: 1991
Genre: Alice's 300 Greatest Films, Drama, Chinese Cinema, Film Festivals 1992, Best of the 1990s, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die)
Country: China
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Gong Li, Ma Jingwu, He Caifei, Cao Cuifeng
Duration: 119 Minutes
Rating: PG
Subtitles: Yes
8.2/10
Location in store: Alice's 300 Greatest Films

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