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With The Story of Qiu Ju, internationally acclaimed Chinese director [[Performer~P117624~Zhang Yimou~zhangyimou]] shifts his attention from powerful historical dramas ([[Feature~V40171~Raise the Red Lantern~raisetheredlantern]] and [[Feature~V26642~Ju Dou~judou]]) 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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:April 16, 1993

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Zhang Yimou Golden Lion 1992 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Zhang Yimou Best Foreign Film 1993 Nominee
Venice International Film Festival Gong Li Volpi Cup for Best Actress 1992 Winner

Cast

Gong Li
as Wan Qiu Ju
Liu Peiqi

Crew

Zhang Yimou
Director
Liu Heng
Screenwriter
Zhao Jiping
Composer (Music Score)
Cao Jiuping
Art Director
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