I got off my behind and risked penury
to see Raise the Red Lantern
because I love and enjoy the work of Zhang Yimou.
His work is dramatic, exquisitely filmed and staged,
colourful, energetic and wonderful art.
Could I highly recommend The House of Flying Daggers and The Curse of the Golden Flower? After I saw Flying Daggers, I felt I did not need to see another movie...because it had everything. Zhang is now a figure of national stature in China. He did the ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics.
So here I was on the Opening Night of Raise the Red Lantern entering the State Theatre of the Victorian Arts Centre - and there were Chinese red lanterns everywhere. Wonderful!
My biggest suprise came when I went to take my seat after having a lovely bite to eat (reasonably priced) and a drink (not so reasonably priced). I had booked in the stalls and thought I was in about the third row. The ticket said CC 8. But CC, on the night, turned out to be in the very front row! Seat 8 was almost right in the middle of the front row! So what a wonderful view I had.