6.6/10
223
4 user 2 critic

Peony Pavilion (2001)

Youyuan jingmeng (original title)
In a beautiful pavilion in 1930's Suzhou. Cui Hua (Rie Miyazawa, 47 Ronin) is a famous songstress courtesan, marrying into the noble house. She develops a dubious relationship with a female... See full summary »

Director:

Yonfan

Writer:

Yonfan
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Bishonen (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jet is the star gigolo in Hong Kong. Arrogant, sexy, everyone falls in love with him, but he falls in love with no one... until one day he meets Sam, the hunkiest policeman to ever pound a ... See full summary »

Director: Yonfan
Stars: Stephen Fung, Daniel Wu, Qi Shu
Animation

An English literature student living in 1960s Hong Kong finds himself caught in a love triangle with the woman he is tutoring and her mother.

Director: Yonfan
Last Romance (1988)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two giggly schoolgirls fall for the same guy, a cute Japanese-Chinese boy. Five years pass, during which time the boy forms no part of their lives. One girl pursues a career, the other ... See full summary »

Director: Yonfan
Stars: Cherie Chung, Maggie Cheung, Shingo Tsurumi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two sisters whose family moves to Taiwan after their father fights in the civil war against the communists in mainland China, find their lives turned upside-down after their parents are thrown into jail and accused of being spies.

Director: Yonfan
Stars: Hsiao-chuan Chang, Xuan Zhu, Wing Fan
Dragon Inn (1992)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this acclaimed production tells the story of a power hungry eunuch who employs an evil sect ... See full summary »

Directors: Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung
Toh sik (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Yonfan
Stars: Teresa Cheung, Chiao Chiao, Ri-su Ha
Action | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A royal official accompanies a Portuguese warship to the Black Cliffs to see the site of the defeat of the evil Invincible Asia, who attained supernatural abilities by following the sacred ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Raymond Lee
Stars: Brigitte Lin, Joey Wang, Rongguang Yu
Bugis Street (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Innocent and naive, the 17-year-old Lian is a maid to a rich family in Malaysia, whose sheltered existence is shattered when she is sent to work at a small hotel near Bugis Street in ... See full summary »

Director: Yonfan
Stars: Gerald Chen, Matthew Foo, Benedict Goh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

the rise and fall of a family in Shanghai. Once wealthy and capitalist, the family unraveled during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. Their home, once a French concession ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaolian Peng
Stars: Yuanzheng Feng, Josephine Koo, Joey Wang
Swordsman II (1992)
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ling Wu Chung decides to hide from the chaotic world. Before leaving, he visits his friends, a tribe of snake-wielding women warriors. However, he finds that the tribe have been attacked, and their leader Yam Ying Ying has been abducted.

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong
Stars: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Japanese sport player visits Macau with his team and encounters charming young Chang Mei Lin.

Director: Yonfan
Stars: Sylvia Chang, Wai Yiu, Shingo Tsurumi
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Stars: Mila Al Zahrani, Dae Al Hilali, Nora Al Awadh
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Joey Wang ... Rong Lan
Rie Miyazawa Rie Miyazawa ... Cui Hua
Daniel Wu ... Xing Zhi Gang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brigitte Lin ... Narrator
Yonfan ... Dance tutor
Zhigang Zhao Zhigang Zhao
Edit

Storyline

In a beautiful pavilion in 1930's Suzhou. Cui Hua (Rie Miyazawa, 47 Ronin) is a famous songstress courtesan, marrying into the noble house. She develops a dubious relationship with a female cousin of the family and also being admired secretly by her butler. Rong Lan (Joey Wang, A Chinese Ghost Story Series), the cousin, is a modern strict and nice teacher who wants to be independent and serves her country, but when she meets the charismatic Xing Zhi Gang (Daniel Wu, New Police Story), an official from the North, all her plans go astray, But these two women's love bears no fruit with their men and in the end they have only each other to lean on.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

4 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peony Pavilion See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Yonfan Studio See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A marvelous cinematic art!
14 May 2005 | by mymaoyaoSee all my reviews

Although born a Chinese, I know very little about the famous Kun Opera--Peony Pavilion, which probably represents the consummate achievement of all Kun Operas, but Director Yon Fan had presented it to me so beautifully. This is not a film that tells an exciting story, but with its slow pace, the dream-like color and music, the wonderful acting, Director Yon has introduced us to an artistic world of the old past.

I think Rie Miyazawa's acting was very powerful, and she amazed me by the elegant gravity in her performance and her accuracy in interpreting traditional Chinese culture. All her moves and words are so gracefully slow and inevitably sad, as if she were a woman unintentionally stepping out of the old story told by the opera.

While most Chinese mainland directors are unable to shoot beautiful pictures and those who could shoots beautiful platitudes, I value Yon Fan's ability to present beauty in a gravity inherited from the long and profound Chinese cultural tradition. Thanks to him, I recollected some of my old memories: the beautiful yet somewhat vague image of the artistic past of our people, the age-old but ever-lasting aesthetic value that has influenced our ancestor poets and yet still lives in everyone of us, and about the sweetness of love, and sadness in meditating life, which has been the eternal theme in our poems.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed