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Program Title: Raise the Red Lantern
EASC Code: CR-01
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama, Gender/Women's Studies
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Director: Zhang Yimou
Producer: Era International in association with China Film Co-Production
Release Date: 1991
Running Time: 125 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "Raise the Red Lantern received an Academy Award Nomination for BFLF in 1991. In a sweeping and magnificent tale of passion, aspiration, dreams, and desire set in the 1920's China, 19-year-old Songlian has become a Fourth Wife to the wealthy Chen. Yet she must share her husband with his three existing wives. Each wife has her own house on the estate, and each must wait until dusk for the arrival of a red lantern. Where the lantern is carried signifies which wife the master will sleep with that night. The Lantern brings with it privileges none of the wives will sacrifice without a fight. When Songlian discovers that the other wives manipulate and cheat their way to win the red lantern, she decides to join in the fight for Chen's attention. A battle of wills commences that can only bring misfortune to all concerned."
Data Entry Date: 1/27/1999