Red sorghum

Red sorghum

Hong gao liang

DVD - 200-? | Chinese
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In a village of Shandong province during the earlier period of War of Reistance against Japan, a beautiful girl named Jiu'er is forcefully betrothed by her avaricious father to the owner of a sorghum winery.
Publisher: Xi'an : Xi'an dian ying zhi pian chang lu yin lu xiang chu ban she, [200-?]
ISBN: 9787886113123
Branch Call Number: DVD F RED Chinese
Alternative Title: Hong gao liang


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Dec 26, 2016

A very fine movie, esp. for giving a sense of village life right before WWII. Photography is noteworthy, story is unique and moving. Highly recommended!

Aug 12, 2013

This is a 1987 Chinese film directed by Zhang Yimou (張藝謀:张艺谋), based on the novel "Red Sorghum Clan" by Nobel laureate Mo Yan (莫言).
It is an anti-war story about a poor village woman called "Jiu'er" who has been sent into a pre-arranged marriage with an old man, Li Datou.
Although he was a wealthy man, Li Datou had never been married until 50 because people knew he was leprous.
The film takes place in a rural village in China's eastern province of Shandong during the Sino-Japanese War in the late 1930s.
As her wedding party crosses a field of sorghum, they are attacked by a bandit.
The hired sedan carrier fights off the assailant and saves her life.
After she reaches the winery, the man disappears.
He returns while Jiu'er is returning to her parents' house and kidnaps her after a short chase.
He then clears some sorghum and they engage in sexual intercourse.
The whole story is narrated from the point of view of the sedanman’s grandson.
After the husband was mysteriously murdered, Jiu'er takes over the distillery, which has fallen on hard times.
(They say, the sedanman killed Li Datou.)
She inspires the workers to take new pride in their wine.
One of the oldest men called "Luohan brother" helps the young widow greatly and motivates his fellow workers.
Later, the sedanman appears before Jiu'er.
When they make the first batch of liquor, the sedanman takes four vats of the liquor and urinates in them.
He meant it to anger Jiu'er, but "Luohan brother" finds out that the sedanman's urine makes the liquor taste better than ever before.
Luohan quits the job and later joins the Communist Party.
The War begins and the Imperial Japanese Army troops invade the area.
The Japanese soldiers capture Luohan then torture and kill Luohan by skinning him alive.
Jiu'er incites the workers to avenge his death.
In the early dawn, they set an ambush and Jiu'er was machine-gunned by the Japanese.
The ambush destroyed the Japanese trucks and troops.
It is a heart-wrenching yet quite interesting story so much so that this film might have made the name of Mo Yan world-famous.
And hence, I suppose, the film might have helped him win the Nobel Prize.

Dec 03, 2012

This film is the one that launched Chinese director Zhang Yi Mou into stardom. It is old and the quality of video reflects it. The story is based on a novel of the same name by writer Mo Yan, who just won the Nobel literature prize. I had no problem finishing the movie despite some surface scratches on the disc. Gong Li looked gorgeous in her younger years.


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