History Film / RaiseTheRedLantern

22nd Oct '16 5:45:57 AM Morgenthaler
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''Raise The Red Lantern'' is an award-winning 1991 film directed by ZhangYimou and starring Creator/GongLi, in the role that brought her to international attention. It is set in the early 1920s, well before the [[MaoZedong Communist Party's conquest of the country]].

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''Raise The Red Lantern'' is an award-winning 1991 film directed by ZhangYimou and starring Creator/GongLi, in the role that brought her to international attention. It is set in the early 1920s, well before the [[MaoZedong [[UsefulNotes/MaoZedong Communist Party's conquest of the country]].
4th Sep '16 8:29:31 AM leraluna
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* CheatingWithTheMilkman: [[spoiler: Meishan has an affair with Dr. Gao, who visits Master Chen regularly.]]



* SecretRelationship: [[spoiler: Meishan and Dr. Gao]]
4th Sep '16 8:24:01 AM leraluna
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* CommonalityConnection: [[spoiler: In their bounding moment, Meishan acknowledges she and Songlian are fellow misfits in an household of proper ladies, since they are a former singer and a former student.]]



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Zhuoyun]] appears to have won the feud with [[spoiler: Meishan and Songlian]] but take a look at PyrrhicVictory .

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Zhuoyun]] appears to have won the feud with [[spoiler: Meishan and Songlian]] but take a look at PyrrhicVictory .PyrrhicVictory.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Songlian [[BlatantLies "accidentally"]] happens to cut Zhouyun's ear when she was helping to cut her hair. This was the reward for allnthe crap she was putting her through.]]



* OldRetainer
* TheOphelia: Songlian at the film's end.

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* OldRetainer
OldRetainer: And they are very respectful of the GoodOldWays.
* TheOphelia: [[spoiler: Songlian at the film's end.end is shown wandering in her quarters wearing her college clothes]].
4th Sep '16 8:02:00 AM leraluna
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* LoveFatherLoveSon: Songlian is in the film somewhat attracted by Master Chen's eldest son, who is around her age. In the original novel she falls for him.
4th Sep '16 8:00:03 AM leraluna
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Second Wife is probably one of the most triumphant examples of this.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Second Wife [[spoiler: Zhuoyun]] is probably one of the most triumphant examples of this.this. [[spoiler: She acts nicely with Songlian but is actually plotting her downfall.]]



* EatingLunchAlone: At some point, Songlian pretends to have lunch in her own room.

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* EatingLunchAlone: At some point, Songlian pretends to have orders of having lunch in her own room.room, since she has no wish of spending time with the other wives.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Zhuoyun]] appears to have won the feud with [[spoiler: Meishan and Songlian]] but take a look at PyrricVictory.

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Zhuoyun]] appears to have won the feud with [[spoiler: Meishan and Songlian]] but take a look at PyrricVictory.PyrrhicVictory .



* MoodKiller: There's a RunningGag with Meishan actively finding ways to interrupt Songlian's moment of intimacy with Master Chen.



* PyrricVictory: It would be the case with [[spoiler: Zhuoyun. While she appears to successfully get rid of Meishan and Songlian, at the end of the film Chen brings a new concubine even younger than Songlian. Zhuoyun is the second oldest after the first wife so it's matter of time before she's cast aside for good.]]

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* PyrricVictory: PyrrhicVictory: It very likely would be the case with [[spoiler: Zhuoyun. While she appears to successfully get rid of Meishan and Songlian, at the end of the film Chen brings a new concubine even younger than Songlian. Zhuoyun is the second oldest after the first wife so it's matter of time before she's cast aside for good.]]


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* RedOniBlueOni: The two youngest concubines Meishan and Songlian. Meishan is a brash [[ThePrimadonna primadonna]] and former singer, Songlian is an IceQueen and a former student. They are even pictured in the page image wearing this very colours.
4th Sep '16 7:50:23 AM leraluna
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Zhouyun has the face of the Buddha and a heart full of scorpions.



* DownerEnding

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* DownerEndingDownerEnding: [[spoiler: Songlian is mad at the end of the film, Meishan is dead and the fault is mostly Songlian's. Zhuoyun is free from her two main rivals, but there's a new concubine who will replace her.]]



* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Zhuoyun. As Meishan [[LampshadeHanging points out]], she has a Buddha’s face, but a scorpion’s heart.

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* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Zhuoyun.[[spoiler: Zhuoyun]]. As Meishan [[LampshadeHanging points out]], she has a Buddha’s face, but a scorpion’s heart.



* GreenEyedMonster: Master Chen finds a flute in Songlian's bags and burns it without telling her anything, thinking it was a present from a boy at her former university. Turns out it had belonged to her late father.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Master Chen finds a flute in Songlian's bags and burns it without telling her anything, thinking it was a present from a boy at her former university. Turns out it had belonged to her late father.



** [[spoiler: Zhuoyun secretly hates Songlian, obviously because she's younger and more beautiful.]]
* IceQueen: Songlian.

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** [[spoiler: Zhuoyun secretly hates Songlian, obviously because she's younger and more beautiful.]]
Also, she hates Meishan or the same reasons and because Meishan was able to gave Chen a son, while Zhuoyun couldn't.]]
* IceQueen: Songlian.Songlian appears as such, but because she's secretly lonely and scared.



* KarmaHoudini: Zhuoyun.
* {{Jerkass}}: Chen, definitely.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Meishan isn't that bad.
* LawOfInverseFertility

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* KarmaHoudini: Zhuoyun.
[[spoiler: Zhuoyun]] appears to have won the feud with [[spoiler: Meishan and Songlian]] but take a look at PyrricVictory.
* {{Jerkass}}: Chen, definitely.
definitely. It could be said that entire household (and the plot as well) revolves around his pettiness.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Meishan isn't that bad.
bad. [[spoiler: Despite their rocky start, she and Songlian eventually bound.]]
* LawOfInverseFertilityLawOfInverseFertility: Zhuoyun resents Meishan not only for being younger and prettier, but because Meishan gave Chen an healthy boy while she gave birth to a daughter and doesn't get pregnant again.
* LonelyTogether: [[spoiler: Songlian and Meishan start to hanging out with each other most of all out of loneliness, but Meishan acknowledges they are fellow misfits in an household of proper ladies.]]



* MayDecemberRomance



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The first wife is this in Master Chen's absence. She also manages to hold the Mistresses' tongues.

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* PyrricVictory: It would be the case with [[spoiler: Zhuoyun. While she appears to successfully get rid of Meishan and Songlian, at the end of the film Chen brings a new concubine even younger than Songlian. Zhuoyun is the second oldest after the first wife so it's matter of time before she's cast aside for good.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The first wife is this in charge of the house in Master Chen's absence. She also When given the power she manages to hold the Mistresses' tongues.tongues and calm down for a while their petty feuds.



* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Songlian]]
* SceneryPorn

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* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Songlian]]
The entire movie is Songlian's journey to madness.]]
* SceneryPornSceneryPorn: Despite being the Chinese version of a KitchenSinkDrama (it never goes beyond the Chen household's door) the rare shot of the panorama are incredibly beautiful.


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* TragicBromance: [[spoiler: Songlian and Meishan eventually become friends, but one day Songlian gets drunk and accidentally reveals Meishan is having an affair, resulting Meishan being executed. Songlian after this goes mad with guilt and loneliness.]]
* TragicKeepsake: Songlian has her late father's flute before Master Chen throws it, mistakenly believing it was a gift from some former suitor.
4th Sep '16 7:18:45 AM leraluna
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* SnowMeansDeath

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* SnowMeansDeathSnowMeansDeath: The plot evolving by following the change of seasons. The climax fittingly takes place in winter, with the servant Yan'er kneeling outdoors in winter until she dies from the cold, while snow flakes fall around her. Then there is the unfaithful third wife accidentally being exposed by the protagonist [[InVinoVeritas when drunk]] and executed by her husband and servants.
27th Jan '16 9:07:19 AM Katsuhagi
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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted, which reveals [[spoiler:Songlian isn't actually pregnant]].

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted, which reveals [[spoiler:Songlian Songlian isn't actually pregnant]].pregnant.
27th Jan '16 9:07:03 AM Katsuhagi
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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted.

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted.Averted, which reveals [[spoiler:Songlian isn't actually pregnant]].
8th Nov '15 2:53:20 PM DragonQuestZ
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* PrettyInMink: Some fur muffs, fur trimmed jackets, and a short white rabbit fur cape.

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* PrettyInMink: Some The concubine's winter clothes includes fancy furs, such as fur muffs, fur trimmed jackets, and a Songlian's short white rabbit fur cape.
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