bookmark_borderClassic Made in China Movie: Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the red lantern” is directed by Zhang Yimou and stars Gong Li, He Saifei, Cao Cuifen, and Jin Shuyuan. The film is adapted from Su Tong‘s novel “wives and concubines“.Raise the red lantern - Gong Li behind Lantern
The film revolves around feudal ethics to spread out the topic. It tells the years of the Republic of China, a large family of several rooms of the concubine jealous, and caused a series of tragic. Zhang Yimou changed the misty Jiangnan setting of the original novel into a desolate and heroic Shaanxi courtyard. In order to conform to the image presentation, Zhang Yimou created a series of ceremonies about lighting and ceiling lights in the film, which is not found in the novel. The film makes a mockery of eastern authoritarianism. It was a bold attempt by Zhang Yimou.
Raise the red lantern - Gong Li with Cheongsam
Raise the red lantern” is very particular about the use of color. In the film, the repeated appearance of different color tones makes the audience’s emotions fluctuate with the plot. Which lady does Mr. Joe want to spend the night in, and the lady has a red lantern in front of her door. The use of the classic three primary color printing method makes the red and yellow color of this film very bright. At the same time, all kinds of colorful costumes make the film more delicate.
Raise the red lantern - Gong Li
The film was released in North America on March 13, 1992. It took in $2.6 million which is the highest box office for a Chinese film in North America at the time. Since then, the film won many awards, which shows the good quality of it.
From the film’s overall level and comprehensive strength, the film is Zhang Yimou’s literary and artistic works in a shocking one. It is definitely worth seeing.
Raise the red lantern - Lanterns

bookmark_borderClassic Made in China Movie: to Live

To live” is an adaptation of Yu Hua‘s novel of the same name, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Ge You and Gong li.to live novel
“To live” is set in the context of the Chinese civil war and the political movements after the founding of new China(PRC). It reflects the fate of a generation of Chinese through the life of the hero Fu Gui. In 1994, the film won the grand jury award, best actor award and other awards at the 47th Cannes international film festival.to live - Gong Li and Ge You
To live” is a Chinese-style black humor film that spans a long period of time and is praised by some audiences and critics as one of Zhang Yimou‘s best works. Through a person’s life experience, the film covers the pain of life beyond one’s control in history and derives a bitter smile to death.
“To live” has a certain historical character, which is packaged under the destiny of individuals and families. At the same time, it reveals a vague sense of compassion and sad black humor. The film reflects the vicissitudes of nonentity and the absurdity of the times in the simplified historical background. The ending of the film is mild but thought-provoking. The life of Fu Gui is a process of gradual evolution. The film also gently satirizes the great leap forward and cultural revolution.To live - Fu Gui in Street
The story of the film is very kind and real, as if it happened around the audience. A helpless person in the history of great changes ups and downs, he completely can not control the fate, misfortune always around him. However, he never gave up the belief to live, never complain about heaven and earth. He has great hopes for life and the future.To Live film
“To live” let us know that only to live to witness the unyielding life. And it’s worth seeing.

bookmark_borderClassic Made in China Movie: Red Sorghum

Red Sorghum is an classics and excellence made in China movie and it is adapted from Mo Yan’s novel of the same name. It is well known that Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for literature for this novel.Red Sorghum
Directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Jiang Wen, Gong Li and Teng Rujun, the Red Sorghum was released in China in 1987. The film is set in Gaomi, Shandong during the Anti-Japanese War.  It tells the story of the hero and heroine through twists and turns to run a wine shop together, but in the Japanese aggression war, both the heroine and the workshop staff because of participation in the resistance movement and the Japanese army maltreated the story.Red Sorghum
After the film was released, it had unprecedented influence. Instead of copying the stream of consciousness structure of the novel, the film changes the story into a straight line narration. The director and photography carefully reproduce the color world of the novel structure, which makes the picture very impressive. In 1988, red sorghum won the golden bear prize at the 38th Berlin international film festival. It was the first Asian film to win the prize. Red Sorghum Made in China Movie
Red Sorghum is not only a personal work of Zhang Yimou, it is also a symbol of vitality throughout the 1980s. It depicts the primitive life of a group of peasants in the 1930s and 1940s in China, and evokes the pursuit of freedom in that crazy and disorderly era.  It not only expresses the pursuit of free personality in defiance of traditional etiquette, but also shows the folk customs with different expressions.in Red Sorghum
The film awakens our sleeping national memory and makes us see the road our nation has walked through. Nowadays, people should watch this film when they are deeply aware of the heaviness and oppression of modern social life. Maybe it can inject an ancient, national and primitive vitality into you.