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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review of film: “RAISE THE RED LANTERN” – Lighting the way to Hidden Agendas amongst the Rich

Review of film:   RAISE THE RED LANTERN   Lighting the way to Hidden Agendas amongst the Rich =   (as seen at a local Library).  
                          [ Rating:  7.5 of 10 stars ]
Date Rated: Jul 7, 2009 | Rel. Date: Sep 10, 1991

Zhang Yimou was the architect behind the Opening & Closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. Before doing that, he created this film in 1991. Set in a nebulous time period somewhere around the 1920’s, the rich Master lives in a huge building in China. He’s just married his 4th wife / concubine, each younger than the previous one…
 New Mistress # 4 (GONG LI) wed to get away from her poverty-stricken life, & is uneager to have to constantly deal with her dissatisfied servant girl & the 3 other ladies who have Houses at the complex...

...  The well-dressed Mistress women (& their seldom-seen children) are catered to by a cadre of servants who light lanterns to show just which lady the Master is ‘favoring’ that night…
 The Mistresses all show they have hidden AGENDAS to protect their personal positions in the household, giving different and oft-false faces to the outside world. The film basically deals how the ladies behave towards each other; a fascinating interplay of characters and emotions.

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