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Pavilion of Women -- 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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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
16 November 2001 (Spain) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Willem Dafoe ... Father Andre

Luo Yan ... Madame Wu Ailian

Sau Sek ... Mr. Wu

John Cho ... Fengmo Wu

Yi Ding ... Chiuming
Chieng Mun Koh ... Ying
Anita Loo ... Old Lady Wu

Amy Hill ... Madame Kang

Kate McGregor-Stewart ... 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
Pei Ying Zhao ... Midwife
Xiao Dong Mao ... Liangmo
Lan Huang ... Meng
Yang Sun ... Fengmo's Friend
En Ti Yu ... Fengmo's Friend
Huai Bo Yan ... Fengmo's Friend
Kang Zhang ... Boldman
Ge Jin ... Loudmouth
Ya Liang Nie ... Male Birthday Guest
Zhang Zhang ... Male Birthday Guest
Bing Kun Lou ... Male Birthday Guest
Hai Jiang ... Male Birthday Guest
Chung-Yu Huang ... Male Birthday Guest
Zheng Su ... Female Birthday Guest
Xue Xin Zhang ... Female Birthday Guest
Hua Zhang ... Female Birthday Guest
Bo Sun ... Female Birthday Guest
Lisa Ng ... Female Birthday Guest
Rong Yang ... Kang Maid
John Dunn ... Kang Doorman
Yan Lei Miu ... Wu Relative
Li Sun ... Wu Relative
Xin-Qi Gu ... Wu Relative
Xuan Ming Guo ... Wu Relative
Ge Yang ... Head of Police
Min Qi Song ... Orphanage Woman
Lei Zhang ... Kang's Wife
Ying Gu ... Kang's Wife
Irene Zhen ... Kang's Wife
Ying Chun Jin ... Bride Carrier
Zhi Fang Zauang ... Masseur
Hong Kui Pu ... Land Steward
Zi Yuan Hong ... Wu Doorman
Shou Gen Zhu ... Accountant
Yim Linq ... Policeman
Cun Zhuang ... KMT General
Yin Chen ... Japanese General
Hui Dong Liu ... Japanese General
Yu Feng Chen ... Japanese Soldier
Chen Hao Mo ... Orphan
Lin Hui Qi ... Orphan
Xu Chao Dong ... Orphan
Xi Yang ... Orphan
Zhao Zhang ... Orphan
De Jie Ye ... Orphan
Yi Fei Jiang ... Orphan
Ding Xu ... Orphan
Tian Yun Xue ... Orphan
Yin Yuan Huang ... Orphan
Jian Wen Zhang ... Orphan
Meng Shi Liu ... Orphan
Ling Yuan Zeng ... Orphan
Xu Bai Cao ... Kang Child
En Hao Gu ... Kang Child
Yue Cai ... Duck Kid
Yue Qing Xia ... Old Lady Wu's Friend
Xiao Yi Wu ... Old Lady Wu's Friend
Hua Qin Sun ... Old Lady Wu's Friend
Meng Yun Zhang ... Old Lady Wu's Maid
Chun Zhou ... Old Lady Wu's Maid
Wu Jiu Zhao ... Old Lady Wu's Maid
Hui Zhen Qu ... Wu Nanny
Zhan Zhu Qiu ... Wu Nanny
Zheng Hong Gu ... Kang Nanny
Chun Lin Liu ... Wu Servant
Yi Wen ... Wu Servant
Qin Chen ... Flower Boat Girl
Min Na Guo ... Flower Boat Girl
Ying Zhou ... Flower Boat Girl
Li Na Xiang ... Flower Boat Girl
Chun Yu Zhou ... Flower Boat Girl
Ya Shen ... Flower Boat Girl
Xiao Liang Yuan ... Pin Tan Player
Jin Wang ... Pin Tan Player
Li Sheng Jin ... Pin Tan Player
Qiu Fang Wei ... Pin Tan Player

Directed by
Ho Yim 
Writing credits
Pearl S. Buck (novel)

Luo Yan (screenplay) &
Paul Collins (screenplay)

Produced by
Simon Edery .... co-producer
Rowena Li .... associate producer
Xiaogeng Li .... co-producer (as Li Xiao Geng)
Hugo Shong .... executive producer
Bob Warden .... associate producer
Robert Werden .... associate producer (as Bob Werden)
Luo Yan .... producer
Xia Zhang .... associate producer
Original Music by
Conrad Pope 
Cinematography by
Hang-Sang Poon 
Film Editing by
Duncan Burns 
Claudia Finkle 
Casting by
Aaron Griffith 
Production Design by
Wah-Sang Leung  (as James Leung Wah Sang)
Art Direction by
Kwok-Wing Chong  (as Joel Chong Kwok Wing)
Xin Ming Huang 
Costume Design by
Wendy Law 
Makeup Department
Bernadette Cheng .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Zhenyan Zhang .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Chow .... first assistant director
Art Department
Paul Herndon .... storyboard artist
Xin Ming Huang .... set designer
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Mike Chock .... sound effects editor
John Dunn .... sound mixer
John Dunn .... supervising sound editor
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Zeke Richardson .... re-recording mixer
Victoria Rose Sampson .... dialogue editor
Reuben Simon .... sound editor
Jussi Tegelman .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Charles Cooley .... special effects foreman
David Gallion .... special effects technician
Erick Geisler .... optical supervisor
Michael Huitron Lynch .... special effects (as Michael Lynch)
Robert Hutchins .... special effects supervisor
Tom Seymour .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Eric M. Beaver .... digital compositor: Look Effects
Mark S. Driscoll .... visual effects producer: Look Effects
Henrik Fett .... visual effects supervisor: Look Effects
Anthony 'Max' Ivins .... visual effects supervisor: LOOK! Effects (as Max Ivins)
Christopher Ivins .... lead compositor
Jay Mark Johnson .... digital matte painter
Danny S. Kim .... art director: Look Effects (as Hong Danny Kim)
Charles Lem .... visual effects production supervisor
Kevin O'Neill .... visual effects supervisor
Hudson Shock .... flame operator: Look Effects
Tefft Smith .... digital artist: Look Effects
Isabel Vandernoot .... digital compositor: Look Effects
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
Bruce Law .... action director
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Wang .... director of photography: second unit
Rafael Winer .... still photographer: China
Editorial Department
Beau J. Genot .... post-production delivery supervisor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Hope Moskowitz .... assistant editor
Charles B. Unger .... first assistant editor
Chuck Winston .... color timer
Music Department
Michael T. Andreas .... music editor
Karen Han .... musician: erhu solo
Other crew
Lu Cien Hioe .... production coordinator
Giancarlo J. Sini .... production controller
Giancarlo J. Sini .... production controller: China and USA
Luo Yan .... additional director

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Rated R for sexuality and war images
116 min | Germany:111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Germany:12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
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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.See more »


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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
All love stories end in tragedy, 28 May 2001
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

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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