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Pavilion of Women (2001)

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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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Silly and obvious
2 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I could not believe how lousy this film was and I tried to think why. Well its co-made by China and a United States film studio and I think thats where the trouble lies. Its americanized. No original angle or aspect into the chinese people. All the characters are one dimensional and act on the most basic of emotions. Only actress Luo Yan has a few decent moments but the rest is all hokey nonsense. It plays out like a mediocre mini-series and I kept expecting one of two things to happen. Either Richard Chamberlain was going to stumble in OR the characters were going to burst into song and sing "Getting to Know You". The last half hour is so overly dramatic that it puts daytime soaps to shame. Bad filmmaking!

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