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319 Ratings

The Story of Qiu Ju

Qiu Ju da guan si

Directed by Zhang Yimou
Hong Kong, China, 1992


A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice.

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The Story of Qiu Ju Directed by Zhang Yimou

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1992 | 5 wins including: Best Actress (Golden Ciak)

1992 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Award

Independent Spirit Awards

1994 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

National Board of Review

1993 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Critics reviews

The results of these strategies are palpable. While some critics have suggested some aesthetic losses relative to Zhang’s more obviously formalized previous features, I think this is his most richly textured work to date. If the beauty of certain shots is less readily apparent than that of some in Red Sorghum, Ju Dou, and Raise the Red Lantern, this is largely because the story-telling functions of such shots are more fully integrated into the film’s overall rhythm and design.
May 28, 1993
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