|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Raise the Red Lantern|
|In the 1920s, a well-educated young woman becomes the fourth wife of a powerful, wealthy Chinese lord. Each of his wives lives in a separate building in the compound, and the master indicates which one he will sleep with that night by having a red lantern hung over her door. Power struggles between the women are of course intense, and our young heroine has to learn how to maneuver through this thicket of intrigue. The movie could be taken as a parable for any sort of unequal power relation (capitalist boss and workers, for example) as much as a portrait of a specific place and time. It is beautifully shot, and Gong Li is both painfully gorgeous and superb in her acting of this tragic story.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
Kind of romance:
- love triangle/polygon
- seduction (yum!)
Culture of surrounding area:
- brunette (Black)
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn straight
- Chest and Buttocks
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Movie makes you feel...
- in awe
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of sex
- seeing breasts
- seeing nude female butt
- sex under blankets
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