Lawrence O'Toole
April 01, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

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

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