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Yuan nu (1988)

| Drama | 1988 (Hong Kong)
It tells a tragic story in the early 20th century of China, a beautiful girl Yin Di got married to a sick wealthy man through an arranged marriage, despite the fact that she actually loves ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Tan

Writers:

Eileen Chang (novel), Fred Tan
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pat Ha
Ming Hsu
Emily Y. Chang ... (as Ying-Chen Chang)
Sha-Li Chen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yu Ling Chang Yu Ling Chang
Chih Liang Chou Chih Liang Chou ... (as Chih-Liang Chou)
Dao-kuang Han Dao-kuang Han
Ching-Ting Hsia
Ai Hsiao
Hsiang-Ping Hu Hsiang-Ping Hu
Jack Kao
Yi Kwan Yi Kwan
Ying Lee
Mei Ling Lin Mei Ling Lin
Shao-Chun Ma Shao-Chun Ma
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Storyline

It tells a tragic story in the early 20th century of China, a beautiful girl Yin Di got married to a sick wealthy man through an arranged marriage, despite the fact that she actually loves a neighborhood boy. After surviving in the new home, Yin Di gradually became one of those wealthy mean wives. Written by YNOTswim

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Drama

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Rouge of the North See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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a woman's place
31 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

A modest young girl in early 20th century Shanghai submits to an arranged marriage with a wealthy stranger who, after the wedding, is revealed to be blind, asthmatic, and crippled with polio, and the rest of her life is all downhill from there. Some of the sudden shifts forward in time may be hard to follow (the film spans nearly 50 years in the lives of its characters), but Fred Tan's assured direction gives the story an elegant, almost epic sweep, adding some chilling (and at times morbidly funny) moments to what, in less sensitive hands, could have been an absurdly melodramatic Oriental soap opera. Tan's screenplay is totally unsentimental and not entirely sympathetic, finding just the right degree of detachment to show the corrupting influence of ancient traditions on an earlier generation of Chinese women, turning the beauty of the fable slowly but surely into a heartless beast.


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