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Temptress Moon (1996)

Feng yue (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 13 June 1997 (USA)
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 »

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Yu Zhongliang
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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 ...
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David Wu ...
Jingyun
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)
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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 <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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A brilliant criminal specializing in blackmail is about to seduce China's most powerful woman. See more »

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Rated R for some intense images of sexuality and opium use | See all certifications »
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$66,471 (USA) (13 June 1997)

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$1,084,532 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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An opium ride!
24 July 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This was an interesting movie.

This is a tale of tragic romance, where the male character is an emotional wreck (due to him being a slave for his sister and her husband, who also forces him to have a little experience with incest), and the female character is living her day in an opium cloud.

The acting from the main actors is top notch, namely Leslie Cheung and Li Gong, who always seem to deliver in every movie I have seen them in (Li Gong struggles a bit in her English speaking roles, and it does take something away from her performance in those movies, I must admit). Li Gong usually plays an intelligent character, but here she is an opium addict, so it is definitely different seeing her looking all confused and dumbfounded all the time.

The cinematography was spectacular, as it usually is when Christopher Doyle is in charge. The lighting and camera angles reminded me a little of David Lynch, and I believe it was done this way in order for you to see the world like you had smoked opium, just like the characters. You should see the movie for the acting, cinematography and camera work alone.

The main critique of the movie seems to be that it is very hard to follow the plot and figure out who is who. I agree with this. It gets established 40 min or so into the movie, but you could be tempted to turn off the movie before that because it is so confusing. But once it gets established who is who, and what they want, the plot becomes a lot better, and I became very involved in the movie.


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