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The film was later adapted into an acclaimed ballet of the same title by the National Ballet of Chinaalso directed by Zhang. Set in the s, the film tells the story of a young woman who becomes one of the concubines of a wealthy man during the Warlord Era. It is noted for its opulent visuals and sumptuous use of colours.
Although the screenplay was approved by Chinese censors the final version of the film was banned in China for a period. Arriving at the palatial abode, she is at first treated like royalty, receiving sensuous foot massages and brightly lit red lanterns, as well as a visit from her husband, Master Chen Ma Jingwuthe master of Can You Dance - Various - Gabber Nation 4 house, whose face is never clearly shown.
Songlian soon discovers, however, that not all the concubines in the household receive the same luxurious treatment. In fact, the master decides on a daily basis the concubine with whom he will spend the night; whomever he chooses gets her lanterns lit, receives the foot massage, gets her choice of menu items at mealtime, and gets the most attention and respect from the servants.
Pitted in constant competition against each other, the three concubines are continually vying for their husband's attention and affections.
It is this hierarchical competition, and the artificiality of human relations within the compound, that projects the film's strongest critique. Having borne a son decades earlier, she seems resigned to live out her life as forgotten, always passed over in favor of the younger concubines.
As time passes, though, Songlian learns that it is really Zhuoyun, the Second Mistress, who is not to be trusted; she is subsequently described as having the face of the Buddha, yet possessing the heart of a scorpion. Songlian feigns pregnancy, attempting to garner the majority of Neo-Torment - Tidfall - Nucleus master's time and, at the same time, attempting to become actually pregnant.
Zhuoyun summons the family physician, feigning concern for Songlian's "pregnancy". Doctor Gao Gao-yisheng, Cui Zhigangwho is secretly having an illicit affair with Third Mistress Meishan, examines Songlian and determines the pregnancy to be a sham.
Infuriated, the master orders Songlian's lanterns covered with thick black canvas bags indefinitely. Blaming the sequence of events on Yan'er, Songlian reveals to the house that Yan'er's room is filled with lit red lanterns, showing that Yan'er dreams of becoming a mistress instead of a lowly servant; it is suggested earlier that Yan'er is in love with the master and has even slept with him in the Fourth Mistress' bed. Yan'er is punished by having the lanterns burned while she kneels in the snow, watching as they smolder.
In an act of defiance, Yan'er refuses to humble herself or apologize, and thus remains kneeling in the snow throughout the night until she collapses. Yan'er falls sick and ultimately dies after being taken to the hospital.
One of the servants tells Songlian that her former maid died with her mistress's name on her lips. Songlian, who had briefly attended university before the passing of her father and being Thinking About You (Original Mix) - Ross Couch - Thinking About You EP into marriage, comes to the conclusion that she is happier in solitude; she eventually sees the competition between the concubines as a useless endeavor, as each woman is merely a "robe" that the master may wear and discard at his discretion.
As Songlian retreats further into her solitude, she begins speaking of suicide; she reasons Πήρα Τους Δρόμους Του Ληστή - Μίκης Θεοδωράκης* - Αρκαδία ΙΙ Και ΙII dying is a better fate than being a concubine in the Chen household.
On her twentieth birthday, severely intoxicated and despondent over her bitter fate, Songlian inadvertently blurts out the details of the love affair between Meishan and Doctor Gao to Zhuoyun, who later catches the adulterous couple together. Following the old customs and traditions, Meishan is dragged to a lone room also known as the room of death earlier on on the roof of the estate and is hanged to death by the master's servants.
Songlian, already in agony due to the fruitlessness of her life, witnesses the entire episode and is emotionally traumatized. The following summer, after the Master's marriage to yet another concubine, Songlian is shown wandering the compound in her old schoolgirl clothes, having gone completely insane.
ERA's first release received similar attention  but the second digitally remastered edition has been more warmly received with DVD Times stating that "It's a film that really needs a Criterion edition with a new print or a full restoration, but in the absence of any likelihood of that, this Era Hong Kong edition is about as good as you could hope for. It is easily the best digital representation of this film currently available. A new MGM release in has also received some positive feedback.
Described as "one of the landmark films of the s" by Jonathan Crow of AllMovie where it received 5 stars, since its release Raise the Red Lantern has been very well received.
James Berardinelli named it his 7th best film of the s. Hal Hinson of The Washington Post stated that "the story never amounts to much more than a rather tepid Chinese rendition of "The Women. The film has also been praised for its artistic merit. Desson Howe of The Washington Post stated that "In purely aesthetic terms, "Raise the Red Lantern" is breathtaking"  and James Berardinelli stated that "the appeal to the eye only heightens the movie's emotional power".
John Hartl of Film. The film has been interpreted by some critics as a criticism of contemporary China, although Zhang Yimou himself has denied this. James Berardinelli made a similar analogy in his review where he stated that "Songlian is the individual, the master is the government, and the Chinese Laterns - A Silent Film - A Silent Film of the house are the laws of the country.
It's an archaic system that rewards those who play within the rules and destroys those who violate them. Chinese journalist and activist Dai Qing has said that the film, along with many of Zhang Yimou's earlier works, caters too much to Western taste; "this kind of film is really shot for the casual pleasures of foreigners". The film's popularity has also been attributed to a resurgence in Chinese tourism after the government response to the Tiananmen Square Protests of due to its use of exotic locations.
Raise the Red Chinese Laterns - A Silent Film - A Silent Film was one of the films with most appearances on 's year-end lists, appearing on 36 lists.
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