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In some ways this visually stunning, psychologically brutal film about paternity and the old social order of China was Director Zhang Yimou's "practice" for the making two years later of his masterpiece, the afore mentioned, Raise the Red Lantern, one the greatest films ever made. The theme of patriarchal privilege is similar, and in both films Gong Li portrays a young concubine required to bear a son and heir to a cruel and ageing man of means. Even though the setting in both films is China in the twenties before the rise of Communism, both films very much annoyed the ageing leadership of Communist China and were censured (Ju Dou was actually banned), ostensibly for moral reasons, but more obviously because of the way they depicted elderly men in positions of power.
Ju Dou is the lesser film only in the sense that Sirius might outshine the sun were the two stars placed side by side.Read more ›
I'd suggest you just cherish your memories of this wonderful film until a better transfer is made available. It was good to be reminded of the story, but very sad to see how carelessly Razor Digital Entertainment handled this transfer.
It really baffles me how terrible this transfer is. A few moments here and there the picture actually looks acceptable, but then the rest of the time it's blurry, washed out, monochromatic yellows and browns, lines and dust marks everywhere, and occasional digital glitches. This dvd has probably any bad transfer cliche you can imagine; more than I've seen anyway.
Yimou Zhang is a great director, Li Gong a wonderful actress, and it was from two beautiful films(seen only on VHS :( ) that I discovered this, Red Sorgum and Ju Dou. But heed the reviews, this DVD lo-fi remix of Ju Dou by Razor Digital Entertainment is a nightmare.
Hopefully Sony or some American movie house will pick this up and transfer it correctly.
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Upon watching this film I've come to discover the cinematic views pushed forward by the director, one that is politically as it is beautifully conveyed. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Fabian Wilfred
I really enjoy Gong Li movies as I think she is a good actress and she tends to be in movies that are a good story and that give insight into some aspect of life in China. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by brian d. bouvier
With the incomparable Gong Li, China's first and sexiest lady in cinema, who later brought Chinese films to popularity in the U.S. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Sheikhnbake
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