Red sorghum

China, 1987

Film
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Set in the barren wilderness of Northern China, this is the simple story of how an offscreen narrator’s grandparents met and fell in love. A young village girl is married off to a rich and elderly leper. He is mysteriously murdered not long after the wedding and she takes on the management of his distillery with the help of the labourers. A relationship develops between herself and the sedan carrier who has saved her life. All appears to be going well until the advent of the Sino-Japanese war and the chilling appearance of the foreign invaders. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Credits

producer/director

Zhang Yimou

Duration

01:30:00:00

Production places
China
Production dates
1987

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

300191

Language

Chinese

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Foreign language films

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → China - Social life and customs

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → China - Social conditions

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - China

Foreign language films

War films

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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