The White Countess Movie Review 2005

Information and Film Reviews for The White Countess the Movie

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As you might expect from a Merchant Ivory production, the period styling is gorgeous even if the story is a little finicky. Set on the eve of Japan's WWII invasion of China in 1936, the film follows Sofia (Richardson) who lives in Shanghai, where she supports her family of exiled Russian aristocrats by scratching out a living as an exotic dancer and prostitute. She meets expatriate American Todd Jackson (Fiennes), who recognizes Sofia as the ideal hostess for his new nightclub, The White Countess. Richardson and Fiennes truly make the viewer care about their wounded characters, even as their business and personal relationships spirals downwards thanks to the chaos of war.


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Available on DVD
Running time 138 minutes.
Originally from United States, Chinese, British, German.

Cast and Crew

Period Piece: 1930s, Romantic Drama, China, Blindness, Producers: Merchant Ivory, Foreign Intrigue, Single Parents, Royalty, Russian, Bar & Grill
Kazuo Ishiguro, John Bright
Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Hiroyuki Sanada, Lynn Redgrave, Allan Corduner, Ying Da, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Lee Pace, Madeleine Potter, John Wood, Madeleine Daly, Dan Herzberg, Pierre Seznec, Luoyong Wang
Christopher Doyle
James Ivory
Richard Robbins
Bob Hein, John David Allen, Steve Simmonds, Yu Baiyang, Chen Shaomian, Andrew Sanders
Ismail Merchant, Merchant-Ivory Productions, VIP Medienfonds 3, Shanghai Film Group Corp, Sony Pictures Entertainment

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