Raise the Red Lantern is filled with tradition, rituals, and cultural heritage. Zhang Yimou does not rush his viewer through dozens of years of Chinese tradition, he picks a slice of life in a place, and lets the viewer observe that life happening over the of couple of months or years. The non-rushing tempo is also present in the cinematography of Yimou's films and Raise... expresses the patience rituals require when trying to get accustomed to them. In Raise... the tradition becomes almost like another character, like a spirit (of the ancestors?) winding through all those rooms, corners, stones, along the countless straight lines.
director :: Zhang Yimou
release :: 1991
cinematographer :: Zhao Fei + Lun Yang
aspect ratio :: 1.85:1
The film starts off with a couple of shots of still architecture introducing the location.
CHARACTERS WITHIN THE ARCHITECTURE
NEVER TIGHTER THAN A MEDIUM CLOSE-UP
PROTAGONIST CENTERED IN THE FRAME
SHOT - REVERSE SHOT