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

Copy from the film by: KOKI = Jasikevicius.

China Film Co-Production Corporation

China Film Export and Import Corp.

Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co, Ltd.

Tokuma Communications Co., Ltd.

Xi An Film Studio

Zhang Wenze

Yasuyoshi Tokuma, Hu Jian

Executive Producers: Zhao Hangao

Shigeru Mori, Hiroyuki Kato

Production Directors:

Fen Yitin, Michio Yokoo


A small village somewhere in China

in the 1920s.

Story by Liu Heng


Gong Li, Li Baotian, Li Wei


Zhang Yimou, Yang Fengliang.

The Yang Family's Dye Mill


You took long enough!

There were bandits...

How come they didn't kill you?

How much money is there?

Count it yourself.

Hey, boy!

Tianqing, you're back!

Don't bother to come back


With only that boy for help,

I turned down many orders.

The horse looks much thinner.

Go, now. We start work early

in the morning.

What took you so long?

I was doing all your work.

I did my best,

but those bandits...

Look at my hands...

They're as black as coal.

For all that work your uncle

paid me only two dollars.

The miser!

Your uncle bought himself

another wife. Did you see her?

I just saw the

wedding decorations.

Her name is Ju Dou.

A good-looker...and expensive.

Your uncle is cheap.

Did you know he tortured your

first two aunts to death?

They didn't give him

any children.

It served him right.

Listen how your new aunt...

screams at night.

I'll kill you!

Let me rest a while.

Let you rest?

You'll never make an heir

for the Yang family!

You're not good for nothing!

Go, call your aunt.


My uncle wants you

to come downstairs.

You realize what time it is,

dear lady?

You're very late.

I didn't buy a freeloader!

Hey...Master Yang!

Master Yang!

Master Liu wants these

in a hurry.

He wants two in bright red,


...five in golden yellow.


26 pounds, 7 ounces.

Master Yang...

...with so much work...

...why not hire someone?

That would add to my expenses.

Tianqing is enough.

Tianqing is in his forties.

He ought to get married.

That would be one more

mouth to feed.

It might help you.

We'll wait and see.

She wouldn't cost much.

Tianqing is almost

like a son.

A son? Bullshit!

He doesn't have my blood.

That orphan wouldn't have

survived if I hadn't adopted him...

...after his parents died.

My son wouldn't be

as dumb as he is.

Careful, huh!

If you ruin that,

you'd better watch out!


Don't waste any pigment

while you measure it.

I bought you, now obey me.

When I buy an animal,

I treat it as I wish.

And you're no better

than an animal.

You love that, eh?

Obey me. Give me a son,

and I'll be your slave.

Otherwise, watch out!


What are you doing?

Hurry up!

I'm coming.

It's already very late.

I'm coming!


All you're learned

is how to be lazy.

You could at least answer.

These are delicate dye jobs.

Ask for higher prices.

Learn how to bargain.

Don't sell at a loss.

Choose inexpensive inns.

Don't spend more

than you earn.

I'll go to the stable.

Jinshan, you bought lanterns?

Go, make children...

It brings good luck.

You've come back?

Aunt... what happened

to your face?

I was careless

and fell down.

Your uncle is killing the pig.

It's an offering for

the Moon Festival.


You've hurt your arm?

Yes, when I fell down.

I'm so clumsy.

Let's go home.

You're so skinny.

Tonight we'll eat pork.

Listen to the pig

screaming for its life!

Are you satisfied?

I can't stand it any more!

Who's there?


It's me.

It's you, Tianqing?


Did you feed the horse?

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