China in the 1920's. After her father's death, nineteen year old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian, the lord of a powerful family. Fifty year old Chen has already three wives, each of them living in separate houses within the great castle. The competition between the wives is tough, as their master's attention carries power, status and privilege. Each night Chen must decide with which wife to spend the night and a red lantern is lit in front of the house of his choice. And each wife schemes and plots to make sure it's hers. However, things get out of hand... (Credits: Mattias Pettersson, imdb.com)
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I found this movie really impressive. It really shows well the life in China at the beginning of the 20th Century I guess, and the only thing I could think about afterwards was that I was really lucky not to be there.
I think it's relly interesting to watch this movie to learn about China's history. It's good if you want to have culture. And this movie also got an award.
But if you're more interested in comedies it's not exactly a happy story. Yet the main charcacter is really appealing and I think the actress, Gong Li, is a great actress.