Rezhou (1986)

Run Time - 131 min.  |   Countries - China  |  
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This 1985 version of a much older Chinese play is set in the 1930s and concerns the scandalous behavior of Lulu Chen, a free-wheeling nightclub singer (Pang Shu). Lulu's crime is that she deserted her virtuous husband and young child to lead a professional and occasionally profligate life in the city. She lives in the lap of luxury, has servants to attend to her needs at a moment's notice, and has a surrogate child in her little dog. Her husband returns one day to beg her to come back home, but she has no intention of giving up her present lifestyle. Even though Lulu is shown extending needed help to a young woman brutally raped by a capitalist swine, there is obviously no way she can continue living the successful if not morally perfect life she has.