Acclaimed "Fifth Generation" filmmaker Zhang Yimou, of RED SORGHUM fame, delves once more into the past for JU DOU, his second feature, a haunting story of illicit love set in 1920s China.
Ju Dou (Gong Li), a virginal beauty, is purchased by old and rich Yang Jin-shan (Li Wei) to be his bride. When, due to his impotence, she fails to bear him the son he craves, Jin-shan vents his rage against his wife, bringing her to the brink of suicide.
Yang Tian-qing (Li Baotian) is the solitary worker in the textile dyeing factory that Jin-shan owns. He is a distant relative of his employer but treated like a slave nonetheless. Tian-qing, aware of the beatings and abuse ...