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Pao Da Shuang Deng (1994)

R | | Drama, Romance | 2 June 1995 (USA)
A woman inherits her father's fireworks factory, as he had no son. The business does well and everything works in an orderly fashion until one day, an itinerant painter is hired to decorate... See full summary »

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8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cai Chunzhi
Gang Wu ...
Niu Bao
Xiaorui Zhao ...
Dihong
Yang Gao ...
Butler
Zhengyun Xu ...
Old Master Xu (as Xu Zhengyun)
Liang Zhao ...
Hei Liu
Ju Xingmao ...
Bao Ge
Yusheng Li ...
Manservant
Lu Hui ...
Old Boss Wang
Liyuan Wang ...
Wang Ma
Bolin Zhang ...
Businessman
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A woman inherits her father's fireworks factory, as he had no son. The business does well and everything works in an orderly fashion until one day, an itinerant painter is hired to decorate the doors and vases at the factory. The woman, forbidden to marry and thereby involve outsiders in the factory ownership, finds herself drawn to the headstrong painter. When they fall in love, the situation throws her entire life into disarray. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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2 June 1995 (USA)  »

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Fino all'ultimo fuoco  »

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$272,232 (USA)
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Moving story of emotional turmoil in an oriental culture
12 July 2001 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

A moving story of a young woman, Chun Zhi, who inherits a firework factory in the China of former times. Family expectations are that she will dedicate her life to the business and remain celibate, and she dresses in traditional male costume and is called "Master".

But an itinerant painter, Nu Bao, starts employment there, and before long a romantic interest develops. Notions of tradition and duty interplay with human needs, and there is no simple resolution of the conflict.

The pace of the film is slow and the action is largely a matter of allusion, which makes it a difficult film for Western audiences; but the fiery nature of the two main characters ... the opposing colours red and green ... result in clashes and regrets in quick succession.

As useful for a glimpse of life in an alien culture as for anything else.


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