- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: January 17, 2006
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Razor
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 04/18/1991
"...Zhang's film has a blazing ferocity; it's a prodigious achievement..."
New York Times - 12/31/1993
"...Memorably lurid....[Gong Li] shines..."
Film Comment - 09/01/1990
"...Visually ravishing....This essay in color composition throws into contrast the sumptuous cloths of the dye factory and the drab lives of the lovers..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/11/1991
"...JU DOU has a vibrant look....The reds and yellow in this film have a fairy-tale aliveness..."
During the 1920s, Yang Tian-qing goes to work at his uncle Yang Jin-Shan's dye factory in a mountainous village in China. He soon realizes that Jin-Shan, an impotent older man, is physically abusing Ju Dou, a young woman he purchased as a bride. As time goes on, the wife and nephew develop lustful feelings toward each other, and have an affair that results in a son. Later, Jin-Shan gets injured in an accident that leaves him confined to a wheelchair, and he must look on powerlessly as the couple carry on a sexual relationship in his presence.
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- This film was screened (in competition) at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.
- Additional cast: Zhang Yi (Yang Tian-bai as child), Zhen Ji-an (Yang Tian-bai as youth).
- A China Film, Tokuma Shoten Publishing, Tokuma Communications, China Film Export and Import Corp. coproduction in association with Xi-An Film Studio.