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Pavilion of Women (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  16 November 2001 (Spain)
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With World War 2 looming, a prominent family in China must confront the contrasting ideas of traditionalism, communism and Western thinking, while dealing with the most important ideal of all: love and its meaning in society.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madame Wu Ailian
Sau Sek ...
Mr. Wu
Fengmo Wu
Chieng Mun Koh ...
Anita Loo ...
Old Lady Wu
Madame Kang
Sister Shirley
Jia Dong Liu ...
Mr. Lang
Shu Chen ...
Head Servant
Hang-Sang Poon ...
Fat Cook
Li Wang ...
Kang Lin Yi
You Jin Xu ...
Ding Yuan Gu ...


In 1938, Ailian is the forty years old wife of a wealthy man, Mr. Wu, who belongs to the traditional Wu Family in China. In order to get rid off her sexual obligations with her husband, Ailian gives Chiuming, a very young concubine to him. Andre is an American priest and doctor who takes care of an orphanage and becomes the tutor of her eighteen years old son Fengmo Wu. Father Andre starts giving classes to Fengmo, Ailian and Chiuming. Then, two forbidden loves will rise: between the priest and the first wife, and between the son and the concubine, having the invasion of China by the Japanese in a big picture. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and war images | See all certifications »






Release Date:

16 November 2001 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Amor, Honra e Guerra  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,368 (USA) (4 May 2001)


$35,938 (USA) (18 May 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Fengmo Wu: My grandmother is the sun. My father is the earth. My mother is the moon. And I can not escape their gravity.
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Missionery Faces Big Challenge
9 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film which will appeal to a very large group of people because of old customs of a man in China being able to choose a second wife after years of marriage.

The local Missionery has his hands full trying to find ways in order to keep the families from breaking up and at the same time keep himself from being tempted into a sexual relation which is very powerful.

There is plenty of romance and lots of explosions and you name it, this film will keep you interested right to the very end of the film.

Found the film rather long and not produced as well as I expected for a 2001 film. Give it a try.

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