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Xiang Er Sao
Yujuan Wu ...
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Baoguo Chen ...
Ren Zhongshi
Kesheng Lei ...
Que Er Shu
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If money can't buy happiness, can it at least buy control over others? Xiang is hard-working, running a small sesame oil business. Her husband is lazy and drinks; her son is blood simple. When Japanese investors provide capital to expand Xiang's business, she has the wealth to raise her social standing and buy a wife for her son, Dunzi. When money and a forceful personality fail to bend others to her will, including daughter-in-law Huanhuan, Xiang must find another way to tranquillity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Money isn't everything, but what else is?
19 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Money cannot buy you love, but it does buy power. Once a victim of money, but when finally turns the table around, it is discovered in the end that the final result is the same, with or without money. The life of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law is extremely similar and the director tries to leave a happy ending of breaking the vicious cycle, but has audience ever wondered that should Ms. Xiang died and the daughter-in-law, the only capable person who can handle the business, inherits the wealth of Ms. Xiang and expanded successfully just like Ms. Xiang did, would she also end up like her mother-in-law?


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