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Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the Red Lantern - On one side he was never cruel to...

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RELI 4910 M. Ward Raise the Red Lantern Raise the Red Lantern was one of the first Asian films that I have seen, aside from Oldboy, and it has even further peaked my interest in Asian film. Throughout this movie, I was very intrigued with the dark story, and the way that the women were doing all that they could to get the attention of the master. This movie, to me seemed like a statement against the mistreatment of women, because although he accommodated them with foot massages and luxuries they were still basically slaves that he had control of to do whatever he wanted. It is somewhat of a challenge with this movie to decide on whether the master was a likeable character or not.
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Unformatted text preview: On one side he was never cruel to them and he kept them secure and fed. But on the other his greed and lust is what kept the women there in the first place, basically being his whores for whenever he chooses. Although he gave the women what they needed to survive, he used them as puppets, which is terrible on a more of a psychological level. The way that he treated them as objects and acted as if there needs and wants were petty was crueler than any physical damage he could have caused them. So far I have enjoyed the Yimou movies and I am interested to see if the others follow the same dark plot like Raise the Red Lantern....
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