Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

The Story of Qiu Ju

Posted on

The Story of Qiu Ju

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Gong Li, Liu Pei Qi
director:
Zhang Yimou
genre:
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a C

Gong Li is sweetly charismatic in The Story of Qiu Ju as a hugely pregnant, illiterate peasant who seeks justice after her husband has been kicked in the groin by another man. Her insistence that ”the right thing” be done takes her through a maze of bureaucracy, and although the film evokes Chinese rural life with great warmth, watching it is like experiencing 100 minutes of someone else’s willfulness. The conclusion, which is supposed to be shockingly ironic, is actually rather obvious. C

Comments