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  1. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    I'm now terrified this gorgeous and subtle psychological drama will be remade into a terrible American blockbuster with Taylor Swift as one of the mistresses.  This isn't so much a film about the consequences of pitting women against one another, but a criticism of our dominant power structure and the tragedies — for the four mistresses and a maid — that, in retrospect, are inevitable for all who don't fall in line.

  2. xuxuxush's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    heavy-handed and ultimately uninteresting. The characters are hollow archetypes, and feudalistic China is an exotic, sensational caricature here. If the underlying sense is supposed to be of a modern China still suffocating under the weight of oppressive, patriarchal traditions, Zhang's repressed, monolithic aesthetic is itself the oppressive, hollow old order that should, and has been overthrown in Chinese cinema.

  3. Iulia Pîslaru's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

  4. smndvdcl's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    Aesthetic cinematic artistry of the highest calibre even if the story is too deliberate in order to appeal to the heart as well as the mind.

  5. Kamran's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    Literary values are made cinematic through Zhang's subtle narration and poetic cinematography. 91/100 - Amazing.

  6. paristexas's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

  7. Graf von Zahl's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    Life-and-death struggle must've been inherent in Chinese households like this. Visually stunning. Pretty much every random still could be a great painting. Great minimalistic use of traditional music.

  8. SiIencio's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    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.

  9. ermete polpette's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

  10. Fabio Osvaldo Carta's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

  11. Bram Vroonland's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    The creepy camera work makes us feel as if we are looking into a doll house filled with intrigues. Yet the tensions were either too modest or too stretched out to keep me interested during the entire run-time.

  12. Nelson Núñez's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    Una mujer llega a un universo cerrado, dominado por reglas estrictas. Seducida por los privilegios del poder, tomará decisiones de peligrosas y mortales consecuencias. La fotografía de Zhao Fei es admirable y antológica. La abundancia de composiciones simétricas subraya la rigidez del microcosmos en el que viven los personajes. Una obra maestra de gran rigurosidad y perfección.

  13. tegarbudi's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    "People are ghosts, ghosts are people."

  14. Vincent T's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

  15. L'immoralistee's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

  16. Jim Fear's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

  17. Emily O's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

  18. Summer Buck's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    Saw this in Asian Film Class.

  19. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    Revolution is not for tomorrow.

  20. Muraki's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    Rich in images & colors <3

  21. AdrianM.'s rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    Chinese cinema at its best!

  22. Barrett.'s rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    Brilliant film and fine acting from Gong Li & Co. The film slowly grabs your attention and doesn't let go. The final shot definitely stays long in the mind, haunting stuff about Concubines, rivalry, jealousy, back-stabbing and deceit.

  23. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    La historia de un grupo de mujeres encarceladas contra su voluntad bajo un techo de tradiciones machistas. La sexualidad será su único premio, pero también su castigo. El boicoteo y la conspiración primará entre sus miembros. La frustración y el conformismo serán parte de su rutina. "La linterna roja" es la degradación de lo femenino. Ni la educación parece tener voz dentro de un mundo acorazado.

  24. lisa's rating of the film Raise the Red Lantern

    really good acting. my kingdom for a foot massage

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