Not only gorgeously shot, but a "creeper" of a film that will slowly, methodically lure you into the story and not let you go all the way through its crushing climax. This has to be the best Yimou film I have seen and one that I will be watching again in the near future.
It is, in a way an extensive sociological study of these sister-wives, who, with nothing else to do, compete for the attention of their husband, and the little perks that come with it. Such is the reasoning behind their actions that have tragic and drastic consequences. Beautifully shot, complex characters, and a wonderful cast that keep the viewer entranced in the story of these women.
Absolutely gorgeous use of color. The cinematography is awesome. The entire film is also quite amazing with some amazing performances, especially from Gong Li. Highly recommended. Yimou is a fantastic director.
Zhang Yimou en estado puro. Uno de los màs impresionantes ejemplos de la calidad alcanzada por la llamada Quinta Generaciòn del cine chino en los 90. Deslumbrante en el aspecto visual y de notable complejidad, siguiò la linea de los trabajos anteriores de Yimou, una dura critica a las muy arraigadas tradiciones machistas del pais asiatico, ademas de confirmar el gran talento del cineasta. La musica es excepcional.
This hypnotic facade, an intricate period illustration of aristrocatic grandeur, is compelling enough to be worth the ticket. Yimou exploits its surroundings with military precision visually defining the concept of a golden cage. But such a mastery does not reflect on the soul of the film. This fails to succeed as a feminist allegation, actions often lack purpose and coherence and a dense fog invades the house.
Wonderfull masterpiece coming out from China and amazingly directed by Zhang Yimou, who is most known for directing beautifull movies. A fantastic movie who portraits the chinese culture in a beautiful and meticulous way. The end is melancholic at its best.
Amazing! The first oriental film that I've watched. One of my favorite movies ever! The story is so solid and involving that it's impossible to pause it for any reason. I had my eyes glued to the television until it finished! That rarely happens.
The cinematography is striking & artistically lush with color (or lack thereof) & contrast, & the shot composition/pacing is haunting, to say the least. The image of a bright red, yet soft, burning lantern in a plain of seemingly harsh white snow with remain forever fresh in my mind. The desperation of being truly together but alone, along with the elegant but socially damning femininity here really shines through.