RED SORGHUM MO YAN A NOVEL OF CHINA PENGUIN BOOKS Translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt Translator's note At. Northwestern University Spring CW Hayford RED SORGHUM () ZHANG YIMOU Dir. GU CHANGWEI Cinematog. ZHAO ZHIPING Music MO Yan Red. The acclaimed novel of love and resistance during late s China by Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Spanning three generations.

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Kohler david fc submissively subversive mo yan39s red sorghum clan and its film adaptation by zhang yimou Honors theses.. 1 pdf file. Download. View Red Sorghum from ASIA at University of British Columbia. Red Sorghum () Director Zhang Yimou Cinematographer Gu Changwei. Red Sorghum: A Novel of China [Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The acclaimed novel of love and resistance .

Abruptly, a masked bandit drags Nine out of the sedan chair and is about to rape her when one of her bald-headed porters Jiang Wen attacks and kills the bandit. When Nine returns to her parents' home after being married, she passes the same sorghum fields, and this time it is the bald-headed man who masks his head and abducts her.

She does not resist, and he rapes her after flattening a small clearing in the sorghum.

Mysteriously, the old leper has died when Nine returns to the winery. No one knows whether someone killed the leper, but the bald-headed man who is referred to as "Grandfather" by the unseen male narrator returns, drunkenly boasts of his sexual exploits with Nine, and otherwise makes a nuisance of himself.

Amusingly, when he urinates into a vat of luscious red wine made from the sorghum, a green-colored plant that resembles corn , the kind-hearted foreman Luohan Teng Ru-Jun discovers that the wine tastes the best it ever has. The film is at its best in these moments.

Not only do the narrative and actors stay close to the earth, but the wine -- and much of the other imagery -- has a rich, reddish color that immediately gives the film a life-blood vitality. These images are bold, rich, and striking, and one virtually can get intoxicated from them, feeling a closeness to the winery servants as well as the earth itself as the men at the winery go about their tasks and sing prayers in praise of their wine.

Unfortunately, the film jumps ahead nine years and swiftly degenerates into propaganda. It turns out that the whole film has been taking place in the s and s, and the Japanese are about to invade.

There is an utterly predictable Chinese uprising, and the ensuing conflict provides plenty of savagery. Blood flows as freely as the red wine once did as the film winds to its violent conclusion, which does little to raise the film out of the hole it has dug for itself.

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Thirty-seven-year-old Zhang Yimou, who makes his directorial debut with this film, belongs to the Fifth Generation of filmmakers, members of the first class to graduate from Chinese film schools after the Cultural Revolution.

Is she victim, survivor, or agent?

When a color? He studied of sorghum and rapes her. Li Datou dies murdered?


All of it was his own personal ingredient to the liquor. The Japanese fake.

Grandpa organizes guerilla attacks. A Few Thoughts from the Critics C The single most important characteristic of Red Sorghum s not its florid visual style, its folk-ballad approach to storytelling or even its daring mixture of drama, song, horror and black comedy.

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It's the fact that it's a wish-fulfillment film. Red Sorghum has larger-than-life characters who live by their instincts and desires in a way that bears little relation to the realities of Shandong village life in the s.


The emphasis on their unfettered sexuality represents Zhang Yimou's rebellion against year of state-sanctioned inhibition and repression. Red Sorghum marked not only the start of Zhang's official career as a director but also the start of his extended collaboration with Gong Li.

When it first appeared, Red Sorghum was criticized in some non-Chinese circles absurdly, in my view, but the criticism stung Zhang Yimou for evidencing male chauvinist attitudes. Which of these two factors was more important in pushing Zhang towards the female-centered films Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern?

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Both Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern are 'cruel patriarch' films, and it seems to me that both represent Zhang's rueful recognition that the wish-fulfillment of Red Sorghum are unsustainable in present-day China. Ju Dou is fairly explicitly the flip-side of the Red Sorghum coin: a film about the power of the patriarch for all that he is crippled, impotent and perverse and about the cruel punishment of authentic desire.

I once asked Zhang Yimou about the high incidence of tragic endings in his films.

His reply was simple: "Maybe we Chinese have too much tragedy in our lives. If he hadn't 'discovered' Gong Li for Red Sorghum, fallen in love with her and turned her into an international star, would he have made the films he did? The frontal close-up not of her against a shrouding interior darkness not only frees her from the menacing male world, but also simulates the topography of interiority, an inner world In this sequence, we are offered both the interior view of the sedan and the exterior view outside.The plot begins offscreen when the village Chief assaults Qiu Ju's husband who abused him, saying that he can only father "hens" daughters.

If he hadn't 'discovered' Gong Li for Red Sorghum, fallen in love with her and turned her into an international star, would he have made the films he did? Despite a conscious change of style, the whole plot of The Story of Qiu Ju also rests on having sons.

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The book also refers to the Cultural Revolution and the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. When a color?

Is placed in three bowls, and lay it our as an offering in a field of the local party leader more heroic than Grandpa or the sorghum. Although framed in a temporal limbo somewhere between the past and the present that bears close resemblance to the root-searching literature, the novel Its breathtaking color cinematography cannot mask the reality that this film is as plagued by structural shortcomings as its cinematic brethren.

Later films echo the "son's gaze" in Red Sorghum, such as the surviving grandson in To Live The son may be a blood son, grandson, nephew, surrogate or even just a wish.

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