Tokyo International Film Festival - Young Cinema
1991 Torin Film Festival - Special Mention
1991 Nantes Film Festival - Best Picture and Best
1992 Rotterdam Film Festival - Movie Critic Award
1992 Belgium Film Festival - The Best Film
This is a story about 5 young women.
Mingtao is the eldest. She is forced into a marriage
against her will. She tries to escape, but fails.
Aiyue lives with her 70-year-old granny. It is
granny's birthday and Aiyue's father decides
to celebrate this by throwing a banquet. However,
as traditional rules go, women are not allowed
to sit at the table, ...not even when she's granny
and she's 70.
Hexiang discovers that her sister-in-law has an
affair with someone. The couple pledges her to
keep the secret. She decides to help them elope
but they are caught and punished to death.
Guijuan's sister has a difficult labour. The
family decides to keep the life of the baby son,
but not the mother's ...
Dongmei has an aunt who is sent back to her mother
because she has failed to bear a son for her
husband. Nightmares keep haunting her and she
finally becomes mad...
Collaboration With Xi'an Film Studio)