About

China in the 1920s. After her father's death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for his attention and the privileges that are gained. This competition gets out of hand...

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Directed by

Zhang Yimou

Written by

Su Tong (Novel)
Ni Zhen (Writer)

Runtime

125 minutes

Country

Hong Kong, Taiwan, China

Language

Mandarin

Cast

Keywords

marriage romantic rivalry wealth polygamy competition 1920s intrigue oppression concubine

Lists

#403 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#28 on The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film