A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband’s nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband’s heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy.
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From what I've seen so far Ju Dou is my favorite Zhang Yimou film. It's a classic story, and so are the themes, but it's all handled perfectly. And as usual Gong Li is nothing short of stunning. For me though the real star was the Technicolor cinematography which is so rich, sensual, and sumptuous. The dye mill really allowed for lots of great cinematic moments. Sadly the R1 DVD looks like a pirated copy. It sucks.
Uno de los primeros trabajos de Zhang Yimou, y una de las mejores peliculas de su carrera. Especie de versiòn china de El Cartero llama dos veces, el film muestra las mejores virtudes del cine posterior del director (la solida presencia de Gong Li, deslumbrante sentido visual, dura critica a la condiciòn social de la mujer china, etc.). De lo mejor de los 90.
This is a film that needs a Blu-ray release, pronto. It wouldn't be that urgent, but the DVD is laughably bad, especially considering how successful of a filmmaker Zhang is. Regardless, I only take time to complain because of how wonderful Ju Dou was. Zhang is great, and Gong Li once again captivated.