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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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Madame Wu Ailian
Sau Sek ...
Mr. Wu
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Fengmo Wu
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Chiuming
Chieng Mun Koh ...
Ying
Anita Loo ...
Old Lady Wu
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Madame Kang
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Sister Shirley
Jia Dong Liu ...
Mr. Lang
Shu Chen ...
Head Servant
Hang-Sang Poon ...
Fat Cook
Li Wang ...
Kang Lin Yi
You Jin Xu ...
Matchmaker
Ding Yuan Gu ...
Mayor
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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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Rated R for sexuality and war images | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

16 November 2001 (Spain)  »

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Amor, Honra e Guerra  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$35,938 (USA) (18 May 2001)
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Director/producer should have read book
28 January 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Am I the only one out here who read 'Pavilion of Women'? This film took a great book and what would have been a fantastic female role and turned them both into porridge. In the book, the relationship between Brother Andre and Madame Wu was that of a wise teacher and a brilliant pupil until, literally, the day he died: it wasn't until that day that she realized that she loved him. Pavilion of Women is not a 'romance': it is the awakening of a woman to her own humanity, and, through the transforming power of love, to the humanity of others, whom she has previously regarded only as problems to be solved or duties to be performed. To turn it into a 'romance' is an insult to the author, Pearl Buck, who, for the record, did not write Harlequin-level trash, and the audience, who would have been quite capable of understanding the story as it was originally written. Whoever's responsible for foisting this 'dumbed-down' mess on the universe should be ashamed of themselves.


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