Amazon lists the DVD as being released last week, but whatever the case, it might be hard to find at a brick and mortar retailer. It’s being released through Sony Pictures, which should guarantee at least a minimum order from retailers and rental shops. I’ve had some success looking in the “Drama” section for foreign-language titles, rather than in the “New Release” area.
Hard-bitten Anthony Lane wrote in The New Yorker: “This new film by the Chinese director Zhang Yimou is a far cry from his earlier work. After such intense, forbidding fables as ‘Red Sorghum’ and ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ we are now offered a rough-edged comedy about a man kicked in the groin by the village elder.”
With the recent release on DVD of the horridly boring Memoirs of a Geisha, perhaps disappointed viewers of that disaster will be sufficiently intrigued by Gong Li to search out her earlier work. Though I haven’t seen The Story of Qui Ju, which was released in 1993, I still recommend this colloboration between her and real-life love (at the time) director Zhang Yimou.