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Pavilion of Women (2001)

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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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 ...
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Hang-Sang Poon ...
Fat Cook
Li Wang ...
Kang Lin Yi
You Jin Xu ...
Matchmaker
Ding Yuan Gu ...
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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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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) (6 May 2001)

Gross:

$35,938 (USA) (20 May 2001)
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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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All love stories end in tragedy
28 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pavilion of Women is a romantic drama about tradition in a Chinese family that is started to get shacked up by a generous priest (Willem Dafoe) and his American ideas and ideals. From what the plot says, it sounds like a corny movie, and at times it is laying it on a little thick (the score by Conrad Pope and the ending add to the sometimes lameness). But the film is also well done with fine performances, notably by Dafoe who turn in yet another remarkable performance. B+


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