The Fire in Her Eyes

TITLE: THE STORY OF QIU JU

DIRECTOR: ZHANG YIMOU

WRITER: LIU HENG

THE BOTTOM LINE: China's great renegade auteur spins a shaggy Pekingese tale about a strong woman enmeshed in Red tape.

One man can represent a national cinema -- and an entire nation -- to the world. Ingmar Bergman was such a filmmaker. Any Bergman movie was uniquely personal, but his artistic stature was so towering that audiences saw, in his dour wrangling with elemental issues, a map of Sweden's emotional landscape.

Today Zhang Yimou is China's ambassador to sophisticated moviegoers. He is a world-class artist who gives his films...

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