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Temptress Moon (1996)

Feng yue (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 13 June 1997 (USA)
Not far from Shanghai, in a country town stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older ... See full summary »

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Kaige Chen

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Kaige Chen (story), Kei Shu | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Cheung ... Yu Zhongliang
Li Gong ... Pang Ruyi
Kevin Lin Kevin Lin ... Pang Duanwu
Saifei He ... Yu Xiuyi (Zhongliang's Sister)
Shih Chang Shih Chang ... Li Niangjiu
Liankun Lin Liankun Lin ... Pang An
Hsiang Ting Ko ... Elder Qi
Yin Tse ... Boss (as Xian Xie)
David Wu ... Jingyun
Jie Zhou Jie Zhou ... The Woman of Zephyr Lane
Yemang Zhou Yemang Zhou ... Pang Zhengda
Lei Ren Lei Ren ... Yu Zhongliang (child)
Ying Wang Ying Wang ... Pang Ruyi (child)
Lin Ge Lin Ge ... Pang, Duanwu (child)
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Storyline

Not far from Shanghai, in a country town stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older brother, Zhengda, is addicted as well, and then paralysed and effectively brain-dead. Zhongliang, Zhengda's brother-in-law, is a successful gigolo in Shanghai who seduces older married women and then blackmails them. When Older Master Pang dies, the clan elders make Ruyi take over the role as the head of the household. Zhongliang returns to the Pang family on the death of Old Master Pang, re-encounters Ruyi, and they are secretly attracted to each other. Wanting to seem sophisticated, she succumbs to Zhongliang's attempts to seduce her. But then an emotional maelstrom follows - for the angry, jealous and sexually frustrated sister (Zhengda's wife) is also part of the picture. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Taglines:

A brilliant criminal specializing in blackmail is about to seduce China's most powerful woman. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some intense images of sexuality and opium use | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

13 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Temptress Moon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,471, 15 June 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,084,532, 10 August 1997
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theartrical release) (Miramax)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of its sets was later utilized in Shanghai Grand (1996). See more »

Alternate Versions

The VHS fullscreen version produced by Miramax Home Entertainment and distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment is cut to approximately 115 minutes. See more »

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An opium ride!
24 July 2013 | by AThamesSee all my reviews

This was an interesting movie.

This is a tale of tragic romance, where the male character is an emotional wreck (due to him being a slave for his sister and her husband, who also forces him to have a little experience with incest), and the female character is living her day in an opium cloud.

The acting from the main actors is top notch, namely Leslie Cheung and Li Gong, who always seem to deliver in every movie I have seen them in (Li Gong struggles a bit in her English speaking roles, and it does take something away from her performance in those movies, I must admit). Li Gong usually plays an intelligent character, but here she is an opium addict, so it is definitely different seeing her looking all confused and dumbfounded all the time.

The cinematography was spectacular, as it usually is when Christopher Doyle is in charge. The lighting and camera angles reminded me a little of David Lynch, and I believe it was done this way in order for you to see the world like you had smoked opium, just like the characters. You should see the movie for the acting, cinematography and camera work alone.

The main critique of the movie seems to be that it is very hard to follow the plot and figure out who is who. I agree with this. It gets established 40 min or so into the movie, but you could be tempted to turn off the movie before that because it is so confusing. But once it gets established who is who, and what they want, the plot becomes a lot better, and I became very involved in the movie.


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