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5.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance, and good job too., 25 April 2013
This review is from: Red Sorghum [1987] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a 1987 film from acclaimed director Yimou Zhang, and features the well known actress Gong Li, in her first starring role.
Set in the 1930′s, just before the Japanese invasion, it tells the story of the young wife, bought by the repulsive aged owner of a wealthy sorghum wine making business. Married against her will, she soon finds love with one of the servants. When the old husband dies, she runs the business, a rare sight of female independence in old China. The Japanese come, and the community eventually rises against them.

That is the story, but not the film. Beautifully photographed, with a meticulous sense of time and place, the red of the sorghum acting as a metaphor for the blood that flows, all make this film a cinematic treat. There has been much criticism that the story fails to progress smoothly, due to the emphasis on the scenery, and the compelling visuals. I would have to agree, that there is an element of style over substance. However, in this case, it is justified.
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