Blu-ray release: ‘Collaborations: The Cinema of Zhang Yimou & Gong Li’


By   |  Aug 3, 2021

Imprint Films are bringing ‘Collaborations: The Cinema of Zhang Yimou & Gong Li’ to Australian Blu-ray on September 15, 2021.

For the first time, the box set gathers together eight collaborations between director Zhang Yimou and actress Gong Li. The films included are ‘Red Sorghum’, ‘Ju Dou’, ‘Raise the Red Lantern’, ‘The Story of Qiu Ju’, ‘To Live’, ‘Shanghai Triad’, ‘Curse of the Golden Flower‘, and ‘Coming Home’.

Red Sorghum (1988)
When a leprous winery owner in 1930s China dies a few days after his arranged marriage, his young widow is forced to run the winery to make a living while contending with bandits, her drunkard lover, and the invading Japanese army.

Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a new 2K scan
• NEW Tony Rayns Interview on “Red Sorghum” (2021)
• “New Chinese Cinema” (1989) Vintage documentary directed by Tony Rayns
• Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
• Audio: Mandarin LPCM 1.0
• Subtitles: English / Chinese (Simplified) (burned-in for songs)

Ju Dou (1990)
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.

Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a new 2K scan
• NEW Tony Rayns Interview on “Ju Dou” (2021)
• Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
• Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 / Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
• Subtitles: English

Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
China in the 1920s. After her father’s death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for his attention and the privileges that are gained.

Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a new 2K scan
• NEW Tony Rayns Interview on “Raise the Red Lantern” (2021)
• NEW In-depth documentary about Yimou’s career and relationship to Chinese politics using an interview with Wendy Larson Ph.D, author and Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Film
• Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
• Audio: Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 / Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
• Subtitles: English

The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
A humorous fable of justice that traverses shot in the north of China. Gong Li plays Qiu Ju, a tenacious farmer determined to right a wrong done to her husband. Defying all stereotypes of the passive Chinese woman, she remains unbowed by the frustrations of bureaucracy in her quixotic search for dignity.

Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a new 2K scan
• NEW Tony Rayns Interview on “The Story of Qiu Ju” (2021)
• Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
• Audio: Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
• Subtitles: English

To Live (Huo zhe) (1994)
Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry. Addicted to gambling, Fugui loses everything. In the years that follow he is pressed into both the nationalist and communist armies, while Jiazhen is forced into menial work.

Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a new 2K scan
• NEW Tony Rayns Interview on “To Live ” (2021)
• Interview with actress Gong Li
• Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
• Audio: Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
• Subtitles: English

Shanghai Triad (1995)
Country boy Shuisheng is brought to 1930s Shanghai by his uncle who wants the boy to become a member of the powerful gang ruled by manipulative Tang. In fact, Shuisheng will serve Tang’s capricious mistress Bijou, a nightclub singer whom the boss proclaimed “the Queen of Shanghai.” When the boy’s uncle and the gang’s several other members die during a rival gang’s unsuccessful attempt on Tang’s life, the latter retreats to a remote small island, taking both Bijou and Shuisheng with him and thinking of revenge.

Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a new 2K scan
• NEW Tony Rayns Interview on “Shanghai Triad ” (2021)
• Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
• Audio: Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
• Subtitles: English

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Set in the lavish and breathtakingly colorful world hidden from the eyes of mere mortals behind the walls of the Forbidden City, a tale of a royal family divided against itself builds to a mythic climax as lines are crossed, trust is betrayed, and family blood is spilled in the quest for redemption and revenge.

Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• NEW Tony Rayns Interview on “Curse Of The Golden Flower ” (2021)
• NEW Interview with music composer Shigeru Umebayashi (2021)
• Los Angeles Premiere Footage
• “Secrets Within” featurette
• “The Emperor” featurette
• “The Empress” featurette
• B-Roll
• International Trailer
• Teaser
• TV-Spots
• Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
• Audio: Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1/ Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo/English Dolby Digital 5.1
• Subtitles: English

Coming Home (2014)
Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labour camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer recognizes him.

Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• NEW Tony Rayns Interview on “Coming Home ” (2021)
• Audio commentary by director Zhang Yimou (in Mandarin)
• Toronto Film Festival Q & A
• Interview with Gong Li
• “Making of” Featurette
• Audio: Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/ English Audio Descriptive Dolby Digital 5.1
• Subtitles: English
• Aspect Ratio:2.40:1

The set is available to pre-order now from Amazon.com and Via Vision.

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