Ju Dou

Synopsis: A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. This tale of romantic and familial love in the face of unbreakable tradition is more universal than its setting.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang (co-director)
Production: Live Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min


Is my aunt sick?

It's nothing.

It's a little indigestion...

something she ate.

Is it serious?

I'll go get Li, the healer.

It's not necessary.

She's already feeling better.

I'll go to bed.

What was that noise?

It scared me.

It was too dark.

Who knows?


What's wrong?

Tianqing, I want to tell you...

Your uncle will kill me sooner

or later. I can't go on.

Let him kill me. Don't stop him.

I don't want to live any more.

He does have a bad temper.

He's not human.

He's not a man.

Tianqing, I'll tell you

the truth.

The old man's sick. He can't do it!

All he does is torture me.

I really can't go on.

I can't take it any more.

Did you feed him

during the trip?

Three times a day,

and once at night.

He may have colic.

Zhang wants his light blue...

...and Tsui wants his pink. Here's

the cloth. Don't waste any fuel.

I know.

Go back.

Rest easy, Tianqing.

His horse is sick.

That old jerk

won't be back tonight.


Wake me up tomorrow.

I'll start working early.

I sleep like a log.

Really? Since when?

He's not here.

What are you afraid of?

You're really a log!

Tianqing... are you afraid?

Me? Afraid?

Then why did you

latch your door?

You're a grown man...

Am I a wolf?

You think I'll eat you?

My uncle...

He can go to hell!

If someone comes by...

That didn't stop you from

looking through the hole...

Why didn't you plug it up?


...I've kept my body

for you.

My prescription worked well.

She's pregnant.


Is it a boy or a girl?

With some luck, a boy.


...grant me a son!

Let the Yang family line

continue forever, Ancestors.

I'll be forever grateful to you.

I'll shower you with gifts

if it's a boy.

Ju Dou.


Are you pregnant?


And that old bastard

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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