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May Jane (1994)

Mei zhen (original title)
| Action, Adventure, Drama

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(as Steve C.C. Liu)

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(as Steve C.C. Liu)
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May Chin ...
May Jean (as Chin Su-Mei)
Huei Wu Wong ...
Communist Army Commander
Lung Ti ...
Captain Wong
Susan Layton ...
Sister Helen
Lin-Shan Wu ...
Henry
Yuen-Tei Liu ...
Hu
Kwan-Pa Liu ...
Babe
Di-Shen Liu ...
Nono
Po-Hon Lieu ...
Ma
Hsiao-Shen Shiu ...
Tsang Ta-Toh
Ying Lee ...
Dah-Toh
Kun Li ...
Uncle Pi (as Kuen Li)
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Sister Fong
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Mr. Platt
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Hsiao-shun Hsu
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Sentimentally Manipulative, but Surprising Masterwork
27 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

May Jane, an uneducated but courageous country girl, escapes her destroyed farming village. She tries to lead a large band of orphans through the absurdity and violence of civil war (between Mao and Chiang Kai-Shek's KMT) to a ship that will bring them to safety from China in the 1940's. Extremely sentimental, brilliant, subtly rebellious cinema by the Taiwan/Hong Kong Director, who also wrote the exquisite music and intimately epic plot. Despite a number of terrific performances (including the gorgeous star, made-up to look ordinary) and sophisticated stunning cinematography, the film was unjustly dismissed by Taiwan critics, many of whom apparently harbored old antagonisms toward the director, as well as by both Hollywood-influenced young and patriotic old audiences (ending the composer/director's long successful career). This highly personal, uniquely old-fashioned and visionary film has many long sequences of superb artistry and sustained master filmmaking skill.


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