Pavilion of Women Movie Review 2001

Information and Film Reviews for Pavilion of Women the Movie

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Dull adaptation of the 1946 Pearl S. Buck novel. As the Japanese prepare to invade Manchuria in 1938, Madame Wu (Luo), tired of her husband's brutality, decides to give him a peasant girl concubine, Chiuming (Ding), whom he promptly rejects. However, the pretty girl attracts the interest of the Wu's youngest son, Fengmo (Cho), just as Madame becomes interested in American missionary doctor, Father Andre (Dafoe), who runs the local orphanage. The film is in English and the Chinese actors do struggle with their dialogue which doesn't help the emotional balance of the production.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 120 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Books to Film: Pearl S. Buck, China, Marriage, Period Piece: 1930s, Moms
Luo Yan, Paul R. Collins
Luo Yan, Willem Dafoe, John Cho, Yi Ding, Shek Sau, Amy Hill, Anita Loo, Kate McGregor Stewart
Poon Hang-Seng
Conrad Pope
John Dunn, Claudia Finkle, Duncan Burns, Wendy Law, James Leung
Luo Yan, Beijing Film Studio, China Film Coproduction Corp., Universal Focus

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