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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90% superb storytelling, 10 % propaganda so not quite a masterpiece but scenes that stay in your memory like the journey of the bride. The last part of the film, with the arrival of the Japanese in the picture, is a bit less interesting although the mise-en-scene is first-class throughout the whole movie. Highly recommended.
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..
Un voz en off (aspirando casi a un leyenda o mito) presenta una relación amorosa concebida de una manera curiosa, posiblemente normal dentro de la época y el mismo terreno, que luego salta a un testimonio más histórico y dramático. Duros son esos instantes. Un filme limpiamente pictórico y de varios recursos tradicionales.