Yoshiko Kawashima (1990) is the tale about the last crowned Princess of
Manchuria. She lived a sad and depressing life that was controlled by
others. As a child she was sent to live in Japan. Whilst there she
adopted a Japanese name and was basically a pawn throughout her entire
life. Anita Mui stars as the "Last Princess of Manchuria". She gave a
depth to this complex character that a few actresses could have pulled
off. Andy Lau (who acted his tail off) co-stars as the Chinese
nationalist who's life is caught up with the Princess turned Japanese
agent in war torn China circa. 1930's.
Sadly this film has been neglected over the years. I found this to be
the perfect companion piece to "The Last Emperor". This movie
chronicles a forgotten part of history (at least to a westerner such as
I highly recommend this movie. I have never witnessed such a fine
performance from either Ms. Mui or Andy Lau. The acting and direction
was highly entertaining and the storyline was very strong and easy to
comprehend. After watching this movie you'll understand how much of a
loss it was when Anita Mui passed away. This has to be her finest hour
as a actress and as a singer.
Highest recommendation possible.
The ballad near the end of the movie (sung by Anita Mui) fits in
perfectly. Even though I couldn't appreciate the lyrics (they were
sub-titled in Chinese characters) I found it to be very haunting and
well suited for this movie.
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