7.1/10
768
14 user 7 critic

The Soong Sisters (1997)

Song jia huang chao (original title)
The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 (SD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
11 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rouge (1987)
Drama | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Fleur is the blue angel in one of Hong Kong's "flower houses" - bordellos and night clubs of the 1930's. A detached and beautiful performer, she falls in love with Twelfth Master Chan, heir... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, Alex Man
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two Chinese-mainlanders living in Hong Kong form a close friendship. Over the years this grows into love, but there are obstacles.

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Leon Lai, Eric Tsang
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The all-female Heroic Trio are Tung (Wonder Woman), Chat (Thief Catcher), a mercenary, and Ching (Invisible Woman). Initially, they're on opposing sides - the invisible Ching is kidnapping ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung
Green Snake (1993)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two snake spirits become human and learn about love and suffering. A monk discovers his own weaknesses and finds that morality is not as simple as he had thought.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wenzhuo Zhao
Center Stage (1991)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu.

Director: Stanley Kwan
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Han Chin, Tony Ka Fai Leung
Dragon Inn (1992)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this acclaimed production tells the story of a power hungry eunuch who employs an evil sect ... See full summary »

Directors: Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A parody of Louis Cha's novel The Eagle Shooting Heroes (thats the literal translation). Story begins with the Queen of Golden Wheel Kingdom had an affair with her cousin West Poison, and ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Lau
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung
Red Dust (1990)
Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A talented lady novelist falls in love with a Chinese traitor working with the Japanese during the WWII.

Director: Ho Yim
Stars: Brigitte Lin, Han Chin, Maggie Cheung
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Japanese woman named Hitomi who lost her fiancé in a car crash meets a Chinese man named Karbo who looks exactly like him who himself is on the run from the police after being framed.

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Takako Tokiwa, Yuka Hoshino
Keep Cool (1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A spurned lover seeks a rich man for revenge. A random onlooker -- who witnessed the public assault committed by the rich man against the lover -- seeks for monetary compensation for his ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: You Ge, Wen Jiang, Gang Jiao
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A romantic Chinese New Year comedy about the three Shang brothers. Eldest brother Shang Moon is a philandering businessman who treats his hideous yet hard-working wife like dirt. Middle ... See full summary »

Director: Clifton Ko
Stars: Stephen Chow, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In this installment of a phenomenal saga of the super natural, four young people are caught in a tug-o-war of evil between an Imperial Wizard and a corrupt General. Outrageous special ... See full summary »

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Michelle Reis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Soong Ai-ling / Madam Kung (as Michelle Khan)
...
...
Hsing-Kuo Wu ...
Chiang Kai-Shek (as Hsing Kuo Wu)
Zhenhua Niu ...
H.H.Kung (as Zhen Hua Niu)
Elaine Jin ...
Madam Soong
...
Charlie Soong
Edit

Storyline

The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and returned to China. Ai-ling (the oldest) married a wealthy and powerful businessman. Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen, the revolutionary founder of modern China. Mei-ling (the youngest) married Chiang Kai-shek, China's leader during World War II. The sisters captured the world's fascination for their brilliant marriages and their strong influence on their nation. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

china | power | politics | See All (3) »

Taglines:

One loved money. One loved power. And one loved China.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

1 May 1997 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

The Soong Sisters  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Main Title
Written by Kitaro
Performed by Kitaro and Randy Miller
Courtesy of PONYCANYON
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
early 20th-century China through the eyes of three sisters
20 February 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Until seeing Mabel Cheung's "Song jia huang chao" ("The Soong Sisters" in English), I had never even heard of the Soong sisters. The movie does a really good job focusing on their childhood leading to the establishment of the Republic of China, and then the sisters' associations with important figures in China's history. Ching-ling (Maggie Cheung) married Sun Yat-sen, May-ling (Vivian Wu) married Chiang Kai-shek, and Ai-ling (Michelle Yeoh) married H. H. Kung, although his role is minimized. Large portions of the movie seem to be about the visuals, as we see the elegant setting in which the sisters grew up.

The film came out the same year that Hong Kong got returned to China, so it might have had the aim of getting the two off to a good start. Of course, they had to include lines very favorable to the PRC, namely: "Before, we were slaves of old China. Now, we are slaves of slaves of old China." Overall, this one could appropriately accompany a showing of Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun". I certainly recommend it. Also starring Winston Chao, Hsing-kuo Wu, Zhenhua Niu, Elaine Jin and Wen Jiang.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What were the words Mr. Soong wrote in the Bible? saharagold
Were the Hong Kong actresses dubbed into Mandarin? florencye
Director's Cut DVD scorpioneyes74
song in the background during the last meeting of the 3 sisters strpyw
Discuss The Soong Sisters (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?