The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: China/Hong Kong
Run Time: 126 minutes
There is no doubt that Zhang Yimou, the accomplished director of "Ju Dou" (15th CIFF, 1991) and "Red Sorghum" (13th CIFF, 1989), holds a unique place among the world's greatest filmmakers, a place secured by RAISE THE RED LANTERN. A visual and dramatic triumph, it tells of Songlian, a beautiful young woman who accepts a proposal to become the fourth wife of a wealthy landowner. She is welcomed by most in the household, but soon finds herself locked into a treacherous and ultimately tragic rivalry with the three older wives for the husband's affections. Zhang explains his social and political intent: "I reveal my ideas toward life in China through one Chinese family. I'm not suggesting that people still live this way, only that they still think this way." One Showing Only!
Gong Li, Ma Jingwu, He Caifei