Rouge Of The North

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Based on a novel by the famous Chinese author Eileen Chang (who lives in the US), ROUGE OF THE NORTH is set in 1910 Shanghai and chronicles the miserable life of a young Chinese woman played by Hsia Wen-shi. The film opens with Wen-shi living in poverty with her brother and sister-in-law until a loveless marriage is arraned with the son of a wealthy man....read more

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Based on a novel by the famous Chinese author Eileen Chang (who lives in the US), ROUGE OF THE NORTH is set in 1910 Shanghai and chronicles the miserable life of a young Chinese woman played by Hsia Wen-shi. The film opens with Wen-shi living in poverty with her brother and sister-in-law

until a loveless marriage is arraned with the son of a wealthy man. Though she lives in luxury, she is dominated by her cruel husband and his mother, but bears a son, then must struggle to survive after her husband dies and she inherits a very modest sum. The sadness that has dominated her life

has warped her to the degree that she conspires to make her son equally miserable while also becoming an opium addict. On the surface a standard melodrama spanning a 25-year period, ROUGE OF THE NORTH succeeds because director Tan downplays the histrionics and turns the material into an indictment

of the treatment of women in Chinese society. Shot entirely in a studio, the film is incredibly claustrophobic and conveys the cagelike existence of Chinese women. Subtle changes in Chinese culture are noted in changes of fashion, hairstyle, and furniture--all becoming more and more Western as the

years go by.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Based on a novel by the famous Chinese author Eileen Chang (who lives in the US), ROUGE OF THE NORTH is set in 1910 Shanghai and chronicles the miserable life of a young Chinese woman played by Hsia Wen-shi. The film opens with Wen-shi living in poverty wi… (more)

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