Zhang Yimou (Ju Dou) directed this fascinating, visually formal 1991 film about an educated woman (Gong Li) who is sent off to become the newest wife of a feudal nobleman in 1920s China. Nearly isolated in his spooky, palatial home, she develops relationships with several of the other wives and slowly becomes aware of a hideous legacy of punishment toward more willful women. The film has a brittle and dry quality that is deliberate, but also suggestive of Zhang working through various explorations of his own style (which he resolved in his next film, The Story of Qiu Ju). Gong Li, one of the world's great actresses, is superb. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Zhang Yimou is a great Chinese film-director and all of his works are worth watching. Gorgeous cinematography and fascinating story.Published on Oct. 7 2009 by nobody
This is an exquisite film in every detail. Beauty is in every frame. Were it not so well made, I would describe it as a slow-moving domestic drama: Jane Austen with claws. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Smallchief
The film is great. The imported Chinese/English subtitled version has English subtitles alright, but they are a terrible translation.Published on Dec 7 2003 by John D. Hernandez Jr.
Great movie! The colors, the setting, the lighting, the plot, the music, everything is done like you feel like you hear those
bells even after it is over! Great!