Director: Zhang Yimou
Runtime: 110 minutes
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles
This film recounts the story of a peasant woman, Qiu Ju (Gong Li), fighting her way through rural China to seek justice for her paralyzed husband (Peiqi Liu) who was injured by the head of their village. Despite her pregnancy, Qiu Ju travels to a nearby town and later to a city to get justice served. Over the course of this journey, Qiu Ju experiences endless hardships caused by the villagers’ ignorance and the bureaucracy of the legal system. Qiu Ju persists with tenacity and determination, but later finds herself caught up in the clash of values between China’s legal system and traditional rural culture. Through Qiu Ju’s story, the film broaches the subject of legal reform in the 1990s.