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Pan Jin Lian zhi qian shi jin sheng (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama | 16 February 1990 (USA)
A woman (Joey Wang) is cursed with beauty in China and becomes prey for men. Raped by the prefect of her ballet school and sent to work camp, she escapes to decadent Hong Kong by marrying a... See full summary »

Director:

Clara Law

Writers:

Pik Wah Lee (screenplay) (as Pik Wah Li), Nainan Shi (source)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joey Wang ... Lotus
Wilson Lam ... Wu Lung
Lap-Man Sinn Lap-Man Sinn ... Simon Hsiao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chui-Ling Chan Chui-Ling Chan
Fung-Bing Chan Fung-Bing Chan
Lap Ban Chan ... Wu Ta's Great Grandmother
Si-Ngai Chan Si-Ngai Chan ... Young Lotus
Fung-Nei Cheung Fung-Nei Cheung
Chiao Chiao ... Fortune Teller
On-Ling Chow On-Ling Chow
Gam-Tim Ho Gam-Tim Ho
Hao-Chuan Ho Hao-Chuan Ho
Feng Ku ... Principal
Mo-Fan Kwok Mo-Fan Kwok
Ling-Mei Lai Ling-Mei Lai
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Storyline

A woman (Joey Wang) is cursed with beauty in China and becomes prey for men. Raped by the prefect of her ballet school and sent to work camp, she escapes to decadent Hong Kong by marrying a wealthy banker. She finds herself drawn to sadomasochistic affairs and in flashbacks discovers she is the reincarnation of a famous courtesan of ancient China.

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A tale of ancient cruelty and modern revenge.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

16 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This Day, Previous Life See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$123,254
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Haunted by the past
30 December 2005 | by dragonfly77See all my reviews

A lovely girl growing up in modern China is haunted by flashes of another time, images that start entering her life for real as she comes of age. It gets harder and harder to tell the past and present apart, and she finds that now, as before, her beauty can be more of a curse than a blessing.

The haunting idea that you must let go of the past in order to be free of it, is driven home by the deeply moving performances of a fine cast. The film is lush and beautiful, rewarding the viewer with fascinating glimpses of the Imperial past and the industrial present.

This film was banned in China because it implies that the Revolution hasn't really changed things—power is still in the hands of the few, only the names and costumes have changed.

I found this film as a rental and had to get my own copy. Its appeal is enduring, and I've enjoyed it more every time I've watched it.


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