Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum called Blush the “most emotionally complex picture I’ve seen from Mainland China about the effect of the communist revolution on the lives of ordinary people”. Based on the novel by Su Tong (author of Wives and Concubines, subsequently adapted by Zhang Yimou as Raise the Red Lantern), Blush features cinematography by Li’s husband, Zeng Nianping.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Blush (Hong fen)
Li Shaohong’s film concerns the intertwined fate of two prostitutes – one meek, the other bold – in China during the 1950s, after both are forcibly inducted into an official re-education camp by the People’s Liberation Army.