MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,276 this week

Spider Lilies (2007)
"Ci qing" (original title)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 1,533 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 11 critic

When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko's tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 18 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 45 titles
created 16 Feb 2014
 
a list of 48 titles
created 02 Mar 2014
 
a list of 24 titles
created 28 Apr 2014
 
a list of 47 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Spider Lilies" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Spider Lilies (2007)

Spider Lilies (2007) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Spider Lilies.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

At the house of a famous Chinese botanist teacher his daughter and a female intern fall in love with each other - a forbidden love that must be kept secret.

Director: Sijie Dai
Stars: Mylène Jampanoï, Xiaoran Li, Dong Fu Lin
Affinity I (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A grieving upper class woman becomes a "Lady Visitor" at Millbank prison, hoping to escape her troubles and be a guiding figure in the lives of the female prisoners. Of all her friendships ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Fywell
Stars: Zoë Tapper, Anna Madeley, Domini Blythe
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled from her first two schools she's bound to stir some trouble. Sparks fly between ... See full summary »

Director: Katherine Brooks
Stars: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Laura Breckenridge
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This all-woman production is set in provincial France in the early 1930's. Two young, country sisters enter domestic service in the bourgeois household of a penurious widow and her homely ... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Meckler
Stars: Julie Walters, Joely Richardson, Jodhi May
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance.

Director: Maria Maggenti
Stars: Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, Maggie Moore
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nothing - not her father, not the church - can stop unruly Angela from being with her childhood best friend turned great love, Sara. Based on a true story, Viola di mare, presents a ... See full summary »

Director: Donatella Maiorca
Stars: Valeria Solarino, Isabella Ragonese, Ennio Fantastichini
Water Lilies (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance.

Director: Céline Sciamma
Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Rebecca has a very unusual secret, one that not even her best friends know about. The last person on earth she expects to reveal it to is a high priced escort named Paris. What starts as a ... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Conn
Stars: Barbara Niven, Bryan Mordechai Jackson, Jessica Clark
Tipping the Velvet (TV Mini-Series 2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In nineteenth century Yorkshire wealthy orphan Anne Lister lives with an aunt and uncle, anxious for her to marry well and blissfully - unaware that she is a lesbian. Anne is recording her ... See full summary »

Director: James Kent
Stars: Maxine Peake, Anna Madeley, Susan Lynch
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Residents of the fictional town of Azalea Springs, Texas go into a panic after a gay local says the town's water supply is what made him gay.

Director: Kelli Herd
Stars: Keri Jo Chapman, Teresa Garrett, Derrick Sanders
Joe + Belle (2011)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A dark comedy about two girls who fall in love with their country and with each other en route from Tel Aviv to Sderot (the ongoing target of Qassam rocket attacks).

Director: Veronica Kedar
Stars: Sivan Levy, Veronica Kedar, Romi Aboulafia
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jade
...
Takeko
Kris Shen ...
Ching (as Jian-hung Shen)
Jay Shih ...
Adong (as Yuan-chieh Shih)
Ping-han Hsieh ...
David
Michio Hayashida ...
Sensei Yoshi
Ivy Yi-Han Chen ...
Jen (as Yi Han Chen)
Chih-Ying Pai ...
Young Jade
Hsiu Li ...
Jade's Grandmother
Tsui-Yee Wong ...
Takeko's mother
Cheng-Ju Shan ...
Takeko's father
Sam Wang ...
Sanatorium nursemaid
Yu-Chieh Cheng ...
Senior investigator A
Chien-Wei Huang ...
Senior investigator B
Chieh Chang ...
Student with knife
Edit

Storyline

When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko's tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, Jade asks Takeko to give her the same lily tattoo, challenging Takeko's monastic existence and opening up memories which threaten to tear the two women apart. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 March 2007 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Cih cing  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
HK Neo Reviews: Spider Lilies
21 July 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A beautiful, yet unfulfilled romance… It seems that Taiwanese cinema is finally re-establishing in a manner of art house flicks. With Silk, Eternal Summer and now Spider Lilies, there is no question of doubt that Taiwanese directors are wonderful talents. While Spider Lilies seem rather commercial on the cover of the artwork, with the cute-eyed Raine Yang and the almost unrecognisable Isabella Leong, there is little questioning that it attracted a lot of a certain gender's attention. Full credit must be given to Isabella, who has now taken a path to a career stepwise an inch closer to Best Actress glory, with 2005's Isabella and now this. With that being said, Spider Lilies is certainly a beautiful film to watch and the constant cuteness of Raine is always going to add further viewing points, but the film ultimately remains slightly lacking and leaving the audience rather unfulfilled.

The movie goes like this: Rainie Yang plays cute web cam girl Jade, who wants to get a tattoo to attract her online clients. She visits the tattoo parlor run by Takeko (Isabella Leong), and immediately remembers Takeko to be her childhood crush. Jade sees a stunningly beautiful spider lily pattern on Takeko's wall. She pleads Takeko to tattoo that on her body as "a mark of love", without knowing how special this poisonous flower means to Takeko. Takeko pretends to have forgotten Jade, but there are actually traumatic experiences that Takeko can never forget...

Director Zero is no stranger to queer movies and apparently won the Taiwanese Best Director Award for some film called Splendid Float. Here, Zero seamlessly plays the film like a normal film and making the lesbian scenes all the more natural without a tick of queerness. Perhaps it is due to the pretty face of Raine who performs well enough to be acclaimed as an underrated performance. However, the real star of the show is really Isabella. Perhaps it is due to her make up or whatever; Isabella is acted like an accomplished actress beaming with confidence. Neo is daring to say that Isabella is an outside chance to be the next Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk. At times, Neo felt as though he is watching someone else, a real TB (tomboy) and now that's a compliment.

Still, director Zero struggles to create something more, something deeper and something more relevant. It is a shame that the built up and structure seems so promising and along with the photogenic faces, one can only wish Zero should have done more. When the film reaches its conclusion, it fails to answers most of the questions that it initially raised, which only further hampers the film.

Needless to say, the film is beautiful filmed and the lighting and use of colours are amazingly beautiful to endure. However, Spider Lilies come up rather short of its lofty ambitions and the result is an unfulfilled movie and leaving the audience wanting a lot more. Aside from these short comings, it is almost impossible to resist the moment when Raine kisses Isabella and their steamy hot sequence. Without being bias from a male perspective, the film does attempt to say something about memories. Perhaps it is true that it is human nature to remember the moments and people that they like and choose to forget moments that they do not want to remember. While, Neo can relate to the aforementioned line, the film fails to capitalize on any real issue and once again comes up falling short. Then again, any of that is unlike to deter the fans of the ultra cute – Raine Yang…

I rate it 7.5/10

  • www.thehkneo.com



2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
like each other? snowangle_138
Any Similar, Better, films? i-heart-life
Rainie or Isabella? Yakkaty
Explicit? keiracrazy
Anyone seen it yet? baybee-bb
i thought rainie yang did a good job bluebearies
Discuss Spider Lilies (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?