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Beijing Herbs (2000)
"Huanglian houpu" (original title)

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This family tale spans three generations of Chinese trying to understand and come to terms with life's changes. Middlesome relatives stir up a storm. The old and the young find themselves ... See full summary »

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Zhixia Wang ...
Yu Lianfang
Xu Zhu ...
Guan Juchen
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This family tale spans three generations of Chinese trying to understand and come to terms with life's changes. Middlesome relatives stir up a storm. The old and the young find themselves and their values developing and evolving, and new relationships come and go. The eldest family member, Guan, the son of a royal physician of the former Qing Dynasty, has also become a great physician who is able to predict the exact time of a patient's death. His ex-daughter-in-law, Yu, trained by him to be a physician, still stays with the family as his assistant. Her ex-husband, Jin, comes back from the USA with his new girlfriend, Jenny, a beautiful American who is doing a research on the death of Guangxu, the second last Emperor of Qing Dynasty who is Guan's father's patient. Jenny speaks fluent Mandarin, but she has a long way to go before understanding and getting accustomed to the Chinese tradition and mindset. On the other hand, Yu falls in love with her old friend who is a married man. Jin ... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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A honest depiction of Cultural Clashes.
12 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film did a relative good job on describing the problems that is common in China: the Cultural clashes between the old and the new, as well as generation gaps. What is more important is that not only there are cultural clashes between the generations, but the same problem also existed within the same generation, or even the same person.


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