Red Sorghum Movie Review 1987

Information and Film Reviews for Red Sorghum the Movie

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A stunning visual achievement, this new wave Chinese film (and Yimou's directorial debut) succeeds on many levels--as an ode to the color red, as dark comedy, and as a sweeping epic with fairy tale overtones. Set in rural China in the 1920s, during the period of the Japanese invasion. The sorghum plot nearby is a symbolic playing field in the movie's most stunning scenes. Here, people make love, murder, betray, and commit acts of bravery, all under the watchful eye of nature. In Mandarin with English subtitles.


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Available on VHS
Running time 91 minutes.
Originally from Chinese.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, Period Piece: 1920s, China
Gong Li, Jiang Wen, Ji Cun Hua
Gu Changwei
Zhang Yimou

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