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The Soong Sisters (1997)

Song jia huang chao (original title)
The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and ... See full summary »

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Mabel Cheung

Writer:

Alex Law
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maggie Cheung ... Soong Ching-ling / Madam Sun
Michelle Yeoh ... Soong Ai-ling / Madam Kung (as Michelle Khan)
Vivian Wu ... Soong May-ling / Madam Chiang
Winston Chao ... Sun Yat-Sen
Hsing-Kuo Wu ... Chiang Kai-Shek (as Hsing Kuo Wu)
Zhenhua Niu Zhenhua Niu ... H.H.Kung (as Zhen Hua Niu)
Elaine Jin ... Madam Soong
Wen Jiang ... Charlie Soong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agnes Chan ... (as Mei-Ling Chan)
Shingo Katayama Shingo Katayama ... Noh Player (Guest star)
Jin Liu Jin Liu
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Storyline

The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and returned to China. Ai-ling (the oldest) married a wealthy and powerful businessman. Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen, the revolutionary founder of modern China. Mei-ling (the youngest) married Chiang Kai-shek, China's leader during World War II. The sisters captured the world's fascination for their brilliant marriages and their strong influence on their nation. Written by Anonymous

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One loved money. One loved power. And one loved China.

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

Hong Kong | Japan | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1 May 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Soong Sisters See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

A segment of the film is not shown in the release version as it's thought to be historically inaccurate by China. This is the part where the sisters are thought to have parachuted into the camp. See more »

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Written by Kitaro
Performed by Kitaro and Randy Miller
Courtesy of PONYCANYON
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History in a movie
28 July 2015 | by Kahuna-6See all my reviews

Showing history accurately with all its complexities in a movie under a couple of hours will always be challenging. Mabel Cheung should be commended for trying.

Her attempt to tell the story of the birth of the Chinese Republic through the three Soong sisters succeeded as a engaging watchable movie. But unfortunately it fails to be a masterpiece that the material demands.

Here is a drama of a vast nation struggling to come to terms with itself and with the rest of the world (which was either benign or well meaning). Yet the story was told more like a soap opera of three rich but rather spoiled girls. The argument between the wife of Sun Yat- Sen, Ching Ling, and wife of Chiang Kai Shek, Mei King, at one point was presented as a sibling rivalry as who gets to be the First Lady of China.

For the technically inclined, the film editing can be better. While trying to juxtapose a Peking opera performance with the escape of Soong Ching Ling from hostility, instead of emphasizing the drama, the cut & jump seem to be disjointed. The action sequences also lack authenticity and pace.

Watch this movie as entertainment, you will be rewarded with beautiful art direction, good photography and overall superb acting (with a very convincing performance by Jiang Wen as Charlie Soong).


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