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Story Of Qui Ju

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With The Story of Qiu Ju, internationally acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou shifts his attention from powerful historical dramas Raise the Red Lantern and Ju Dou to contemporary life. Gong Li plays the titular heroine, an average woman in a rural village whose life is unexceptional until her husband is physically attacked by the village elder. When the elder refuses to apologize, Qiu Ju decides to seek legal action with the help of a local magistrate. Soon, her quest for simple justice balloons into a series...
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With The Story of Qiu Ju, internationally acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou shifts his attention from powerful historical dramas Raise the Red Lantern and Ju Dou to contemporary life. Gong Li plays the titular heroine, an average woman in a rural village whose life is unexceptional until her husband is physically attacked by the village elder. When the elder refuses to apologize, Qiu Ju decides to seek legal action with the help of a local magistrate. Soon, her quest for simple justice balloons into a series of frustrating battles with a complicated and unproductive bureaucracy. In contrast to the rich, painterly look of his previous films, Zhang adopts an unadorned, realistic style that allows the film's increasingly absurd situations to speak for themselves. Indeed, while the look at government gone wrong has serious underpinnings, the overall tone remains one of understated satire. As might be expected, The Story of Qiu Ju was received with greater appreciation by international critics than in its home country.
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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
A rare comedy from the director of such fare as Red Sorghum and Raise the Red Lantern, Zhang Yimou's gentle satire on bureaucratic inefficiency provides a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the Chinese. The story concerns a pregnant woman (Gong Li) who seeks legal redress after her husband (Liu Pei Qi) is kicked in the groin by the village political leader (Lei Lao Sheng). Her persistent pursuit of an apology reveals the indifference of a bureaucracy reminiscent of the obtuse mandarin systems of the past. While acknowledging the comic aspect of the stubborn woman's Sisyphean quest, the director admires her grit. Often, her quiet stoicism brings to mind the aged salary man of Kurosawa's classic Ikiru. The film might be regarded as too slow moving or un-dramatic by Western eyes, but Yimou's purpose in the film seems to be, in part, documentary-based. He wants to give outsiders a sense of how much more grindingly difficult everything is in China. Li is superb in a less glamorous role than one is used to seeing her play, and the rest of the actors are never less than professional.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • UPC: 043396141124
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gong Li Wan Qiu Ju
Ge Zhijun
Liu Peiqi
Lin Zi
Lei Lao-Sheng
Ye Jun
Yang Liu-Xia
Technical Credits
Zhang Yimou Director
Ma Fung-kwok Producer
Liu Heng Screenwriter
Zhao Jiping Score Composer
Cao Jiuping Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Story of Qui Ju
1. Chapter 1 [6:09]
2. Chapter 2 [10:23]
3. Chapter 3 [6:05]
4. Chapter 4 [8:36]
5. Chapter 5 [10:37]
6. Chapter 6 [8:45]
7. Chapter 7 [7:24]
8. Chapter 8 [:40]
9. Chapter 9 [9:01]
10. Chapter 10 [8:28]
11. Chapter 11 [6:01]
12. Chapter 12 [9:11]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    The Story of Qiu Ju

    This movie, one of the best I've ever seen, is a story of honor. Qiu Ju's magnificent odyssey in search of justice is truly a remarkable story.

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