In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds herself inheriting the isolated business.
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A directorial debut to treasure from Zhang; a tragic story told in images of vibrant expressionism which melds folk tale elements with melodrama and celebrates the indefatigable spirit of Chinese peasantry in the years leading up to the Japanese invasion of their land. Firmly centre stage and holding the whole film together is the magnificent Gong Li in a triumphant performance that is complex and powerfully erotic..