Raise the red lantern

Raise the red lantern

DVD - 2007 | Chinese
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In 1920's China, women had few options. So following the death of her father, Songlian, a beautiful nineteen-year-old college student agrees to marry a wealthy nobleman. She is to be wife number four at his estate, where daily life revolves around an ancient family custom: the master raises a red lantern outside the house of the wife with whom he desires to spend the night. On the surface, there is harmony between the wives, but trapped inside their gilded cages, with nothing to do but compete for their husband's favor, the four women are drawn into a web of petty rivalries that soon escalate into treachery.
Publisher: Beverly, Hills, Calif. : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Branch Call Number: DVD RAISE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Da hong deng long gao gao gua


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Oct 25, 2018


Jan 30, 2018

Wives and concubines, seems the same in China. Beautifully crafted-silence, incredible images of a claustrophobic setting where 4 wives have to live together. Competition, cruelty, jealousy and other yucky stuff. Traditions and customs aren’t always a good thing. Well done!

Sep 21, 2016

Seen this one long ago before comments was enabled, first released in 1991. Recall that it was a tragic yet beautiful story of women in old China's man's world. On the other hand, the man/master of the house took a back seat to all the women. His face was never shown (right?) as if he was only a prop. The women are the real bosses.

tturner0561 Jun 15, 2013

excellent movie! gives the viewer good insight on concubines living in a household together but seperate; and the deadly consequences they face if unfaithful.


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