Set in 1920’s China – this film depicts the life of an educated young woman sold as a concubine to a wealthy master. She represents modernity that is being constrained by an eons old patriarchal cultural system. Unable to leave the confines of this system, we see the inner relationships with the three other wives that inhabit their prison-like compound.
The costuming, set design and cinematography all are outstanding – especially the contrast between the linear gray architecture and the warmth and color presented by the all important red lanterns. I recommend adding this one to your Netflix queue the next time you’re on the site.