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The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)

Qiu Ju da guan si (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 16 April 1993 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Yuan Bin Chen (writer of the the novella on which the film is based, "The Wan Family's Lawsuit"), Heng Liu
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Li Gong ... Qiu Ju
Peiqi Liu ... Wan Qinglai, chili farmer
Liuchun Yang Liuchun Yang ... Meizi, Qinglai's sister
Kesheng Lei Kesheng Lei ... Wang Shantang, village chief
Zhijun Ge Zhijun Ge ... Officer Li
Wanqing Zhu Wanqing Zhu
Luowen Cui Luowen Cui
Huiqin Yang Huiqin Yang
Jianfa Wang Jianfa Wang
Zi Lin Zi Lin
Jun Ye Jun Ye
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Storyline

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. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

16 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$1,890,247
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Lawyer Wu: [subtitles] Qiu Ju, in civil and administrative lawsuits, the defendants aren't necessarily bad people.
Qiu Ju: Do good people sue each other?
Lawyer Wu: Of course!
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Good stuff
9 February 2010 | by charles_li7See all my reviews

This movie, "The Story of Qiu Ju", follows the actions of the main character Qiu Ju, a determined rural resident who seeks out authorities after her husband is kicked by her village chief.

One thing I liked about the movie was the plot - it was fresh and original. In addition, the ending had a nice little twist to it (although it was somewhat obvious what was going to happen).

I also found the movie to be very cleverly written, as they implemented comedy in a very subtle manner. One example is when Qiu Ju and her sister-in-law were in the city and they had just bought "city clothes". They looked very entertaining in those clothes, but also that scene was not made purely for comedy, because the writers were also trying to show that they were very country-side oriented and had probably never been to the city and they were trying to show how their lack of experience through their incorrect wearing of clothing.


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