The Story of Qiu Ju

1992

Comedy / Drama

158
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 5

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Li Gong as Xiao Jingbao
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100 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10 / 10

A Moment in Chinese Time

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. As she is frustrated by each level of the hierarchy and travels farther and farther away from the countryside the viewer is also provided with a look at the changing Chinese society through the verite camera used in most scenes. Roger Ebert said "along the way we absorb more information about the lives of ordinary people in everyday China than in any other film I've seen." And really, this is the greatness of the film. The mixture of images of Mao with Western advertising and swimsuits. This is a time trapped partially in the 1950s, but also striving towards the 1990s. Whether the cultural influence is a good thing or not, it makes for a fascinating time capsule.

Reviewed by zetes 4 / 10 / 10

Good, but far from my favorite Zhang Yimou (or Gong Li) film

Probably my least favorite Zhang Yimou film. Oh, it's not bad. It's pretty good, to tell the truth. But it's the kind of film where you get the point right away and you have to spend 100 minutes watching the filmmaker stumble toward the foregone conclusion. Gong Li plays the title character, a hugely pregnant woman. Her husband just got kicked in the nuts by their farming community's chief, and Qiu Ju wants an apology. Unfortunately, none of the officials she takes the case to can actually force the guy to apologize. They can make him dole out monetary compensation, but that's not good enough for Qiu Ju. Every time she doesn't get the results she wants, she attempts to go to a higher level of authority. It's an amusing situation, but the film kind of plods along slowly. I won't demand Zhang Yimou stick to his wonderful visual talents, but it is disappointing how mundane this film looks and feels. The worst crime perhaps is that Gong Li isn't given much acting to do. I love the final look on her face when the film ends, but I think pretty much anyone could have played Qiu Ju. I know, it sounds like I hated it, but I didn't. I just wasn't overly impressed with it, despite its obvious qualities.

Reviewed by sddavis63 4 / 10 / 10

You Can't Fight City Hall - Not Even In China

Fighting bureaucracy at any time and in any place is a tremendously frustrating experience. No disrespect intended, but how much more frustrating it must be in a Communist country! "The Story Of Qiu Ju" is the story of a woman's fight against the Communist bureaucracy as she struggles to get justice for her husband, Qinglai. Qinglai got into a dispute with a local village chief, and was kicked in the groin as a result. Qiu Lu wants an apology from the chief, because she's afraid her husband won't be able to father children after the kick. She tries the official mediation route, going from village to district to city officials and gets turned down at every juncture. Finally, she files a lawsuit, with some ultimately unexpected (and undesired) results. For the most part, the movie seems to be lighthearted, although to be honest comedy seems to lose something when it's subtitled. You get the funny lines as you read them, but it's just not the same. Given that this was made in Communist China, I have to assume that the government had some censorship role in it, and I was surprised at the amount of fun that was poked at the system throughout, but I also thought I detected something of a warning in how this ended - don't take things too far because they could get out of hand. There's a realistic feel to the depictions of village life in this, and the interconnectedness of the lives of the people in the village also comes through clearly. Even in the midst of the dispute, the village bonds aren't broken. Still, something was missing here - maybe the subtitled comedy; maybe what I thought (having visited China) was the too beneficent view of the local police. The first third of the movie I found quite dull, and while it picked up from then on, it still wasn't as much fun as some Chinese movies I've seen. In the end, I'd rate this as a 4/10

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