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. ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (story)
Reviews
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Yeshe Dolma (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

'Song of Tibet', displays the last century of Tibetan history by telling the love story of Yeshe Dolma a Tibetan woman, her romance with three men and her whole life. The actors and actress are all of Tibetan nationality.

Director: Fei Xie
Stars: Danzengzhuoga, Laqiong, Dawangdui
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

China, 1900. Xiaoxiao, a girl of about 12, comes to a mountain village for an arranged marriage with a two-year-old boy, Chunguan. Strict clan rules govern all behaviors. She becomes her ... See full summary »

Directors: U Lan, Fei Xie
Stars: Renhua Na, Xiaoguang Deng, Zongxiang Guan
Ben ming nian (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A semi-literate who was deprived of schooling during the Cultural Revolution, Li Huiquan, is released from labor camp. But his attempts to make good are continually thwarted. His street ... See full summary »

Director: Fei Xie
Stars: Hongxiang Cai, Wen Jiang, Tian Liang
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.

Director: Yi'nan Diao
Stars: Fan Liao, Lun Mei Gwei, Xuebing Wang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Bayinbulag and Somiya are brought up, from a young age, as brother and sister by their adoptive grandmother. The three live happily in a yurt on the Mongolian steppes. Just before ... See full summary »

Director: Fei Xie
Stars: Dalarsurong, Aojirdai, Bayirtcya
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ya-Lei Kuei
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The life story of Xiao Hong, one of China's most famous essayists and novelists, who reflected the progressive thinking not frequently seen during the 1930s.

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Wei Tang, Shaofeng Feng, Zhiwen Wang
Tema (1979)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A self-pitying but popular playwright drives to Vladimir to relax with a doting female student and another writer. He's convinced his writing is of no lasting value, but he still has an ego... See full summary »

Director: Gleb Panfilov
Stars: Mikhail Ulyanov, Inna Churikova, Stanislav Lyubshin
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mizuki's husband (Yusuke) drowned at sea three years ago. When he suddenly comes back home, she is not that surprised. Instead, Mizuki is wondering what took him so long. She agrees to let Yusuke take her on a journey.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Tadanobu Asano, Masao Komatsu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

An unusual love story set in the everyday world, based around the duality of sleeping and waking, mind and matter.

Director: Ildikó Enyedi
Stars: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Karl and Richard, two German soldiers captured by the Russians in World War I, become very close friends-so close that Richard shares intimate stories about his wife, Anna. Through these ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Simon
Stars: Joachim Lätsch, Peter Zimmermann, Kathrin Waligura
Wetherby (1985)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

Director: David Hare
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Judi Dench
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Xiang Er Sao
Yujuan Wu ...
Huanhuan
...
Ren Zhongshi
Kesheng Lei ...
Que Er Shu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xiaoguang Hu ...
Dun Zi
Xiaoqing Ma ...
Dating girl
Linlang Ye ...
Nanny
Hui Zhang ...
Jin Hai
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

f rated | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 November 1993 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Ha-Isha sh'Yatzra Shemen Soom-Soom  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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?


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?