Educated woman have an independent thinking and the culture has changed to accept women that question their destiny. They make their destiny now and the representation of the past is only to highlight that woman were lost in their lives then. When the movie was made people in mainland China in the 1980s wanted a social change. The Chinese Government still had remnants of the old era of Chinese characteristics, yet there was progress. There were student movements and art movements and this movie is one such. The situation of the past as represented in ‘Farewell My Concubine’, shows that it was also ordinary men that had a scarce living. It is not just women in ‘Raising the Red Lantern’ that could not control their destiny, it was also men who were imporverished. The movie was a critical analysis of the past, one which showed the truth in a cruder light and yet the Government did not ban it or curfew it. It was a time where filmmakers where given the freedom to criticize their own past.