Up 10,098 this week

Temptress Moon (1996)
"Feng yue" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 June 1997 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 1,492 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 25 critic

Not far from Shanghai, in a country twon stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older ... See full summary »



(story), , 1 more credit »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 304 titles
created 21 Jan 2012
a list of 802 titles
created 21 Apr 2013
list image
a list of 110 titles
created 25 Jun 2013
a list of 43 titles
created 09 Nov 2013
a list of 26 titles
created 05 Mar 2014

Related Items

Search for "Temptress Moon" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Temptress Moon (1996)

Temptress Moon (1996) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Temptress Moon.
9 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Li Gong, Fengyi Zhang, Zhou Sun
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A provincial boy related to a Shanghai crime family is recruited by his uncle into cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930s to be a servant to a ganglord's mistress.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Baotian Li, Wang Xiaoxiao
Ju Dou (1990)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without ... See full summary »

Directors: Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang
Stars: Li Gong, Wei Li, Baotian Li
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Yu-liang leaves a brothel in a small Chinese town, to become the second wife of Mr. Pan. While Pan is away at the revolution in Yunnan, Yu-liang ... See full summary »

Directors: Shuqin Huang, Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Fang Cen, Shichang Da
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A blind man's master told him that after he has broken 1000 strings on his Banjo, he can open the Banjo to get a script for his eyes. After 60 years he broke the 1000th string...

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Zhongyuan Liu, Lei Huang, Qing Xu
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Peiqi Liu, Liuchun Yang
Red Sorghum (1987)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Wen Jiang, Rujun Ten
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A violin prodigy and his father travel to Beijing, where the father seeks the means to his son's success while the son struggles to accept the path laid before him.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Yun Tang, Peiqi Liu, Hong Chen
Yellow Earth (1984)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu
Chinese Box (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Li Gong, Maggie Cheung
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Zhou Yu, a ceramic decorative artist, travels twice a week from her home town of San Ming to Chongyang to visit her boyfriend, Chen Qing, a government worker and budding poet. The two met ... See full summary »

Director: Zhou Sun
Stars: Li Gong, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Honglei Sun


Complete credited cast:
Yu Zhongliang
Pang Ruyi
Kevin Lin ...
Pang Duanwu
Saifei He ...
Yu Xiuyi (Zhongliang's Sister)
Shih Chang ...
Li Niangjiu
Liankun Lin ...
Pang An
Hsiang Ting Ko ...
Elder Qi
Yin Tse ...
Boss (as Xian Xie)
David Wu ...
Jie Zhou ...
The Woman of Zephyr Lane
Yemang Zhou ...
Pang Zhengda
Lei Ren ...
Yu Zhongliang (child)
Ying Wang ...
Pang Ruyi (child)
Lin Ge ...
Pang, Duanwu (child)


Not far from Shanghai, in a country twon stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older brother, Zhengda, is addicted as well, and then paralysed and effectively brain-dead. Zhongliang, Zhengda's brother-in-law, is a successful gigolo in Shanghai who seduces married older women and then blackmails them. When Older Master Pang dies, the clan elders makes Ruyi to take over the role as the head of the household. Zhongliang returns to the Pang family on the death of Old Master Pang, re-encounters Ruyi, and they are secretly attracted to each other. Wanting to seem sophisticated, she succumbs to Zhongliang's attempts to seduce her. But in the emotional maelstrom that follows - for the angry, jealous and sexually frustrated sister (Zhengda's wife) is also part of the picture... Written by L.H. Wong <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A seductive new film so provocative it was banned in its own country. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some intense images of sexuality and opium use | See all certifications »


Official Sites:




Release Date:

13 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Temptress Moon  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$66,471 (USA) (13 June 1997)


$1,084,532 (USA) (8 August 1997)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (theartrical release) (Miramax)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Joan Chen was considered for the role of Pang Ruyi during the project's development. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Definitely worth pining for!
30 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I decided to purchase Temptress Moon after viewing the breathtaking, and devastating, Farewell My Concubine. Both movies feature the amazing talents of Gong Li and Leslie Cheung. So total is their transformation between the two films, it's difficult to believe that these are the same actors.

While Concubine served as a historical epic, Temptress Moon seemed more along the lines of Shakespearean tragedy. Like Kaige's previous work, the characters' frustrations signify larger themes: domestic turmoil; gender repression; class conflict; etc. Although these themes concern the private sphere of life and are not as overtly political as those addressed in Concubine, they are just as much about power, its abuse and the resulting disfigurement of the human spirit.

Temptress Moon is by no means a romance. The movie succeeds in being lyrical and melancholy - more engrossing than entertaining. Despite the requisite tragic ending, I found the plot to be oddly satisfying! The waxing and waning fates of Zhongliang, Ruyi, and Duanwu intertwined to create a luminous study of the heart and its insatiable hunger.

Overall, Temptress Moon was a clear reflection of the obsessions that ruthlessly dictate interpersonal affairs. Leslie Cheung, Gong Li and Kevin Lin give mesmerizing performances while supporting portrayals like that of Caifei He as Zhongliang's sister and Yin Tse as Zhongliang's Boss are equally flawless. (Among the movie's many moral messages: "Don't Do Drugs!" :)

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A question bruce-k-morrison
Ontario,Canada viewers dberto
Discuss Temptress Moon (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: