the story of qui ju

Gong Li takes a break from her usual role as concubine or prostitute to that of a pregnant peasant who takes on Chinese bureaucracy in this grim tale of saving face. Qui Ju, the stubborn wife of a wronged husband confronts legal authorities in an effort to extract an apology from the village chief who kicked her husband in the groin. Not just a reflection of the trials of red-tape in China, but a great example of motherly grit, determination, and her struggle for justice. [china, 1992]