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Letter from an Unknown Woman (2004)

Yi ge mo sheng nu ren de lai xin (original title)
Peking, 1948. A winter night. A man returns home to find a letter awaiting him written by a woman before her death. in the letter she tells him the story of her love for him -a life-long ... See full summary »

Director:

Jinglei Xu

Writers:

Jinglei Xu, Stefan Zweig (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jue Huang ... The Officer / Captain Huang
Wen Jiang ... Writer / Mr. Xu
Huang Jiao Huang Jiao ... Officer Huang
Yuan Lin Yuan Lin ... Girl
Enran Ma Enran Ma ... Stepfather
Xiaoming Su Xiaoming Su ... Mother
Zihao Su Zihao Su ... Son
Feihu Sun Feihu Sun ... Steward
Jinglei Xu ... Woman / Miss Jiang
Baomo Zhang Baomo Zhang ... Landlady
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Storyline

Peking, 1948. A winter night. A man returns home to find a letter awaiting him written by a woman before her death. in the letter she tells him the story of her love for him -a life-long passion that has not diminished over time, but one that he has never known. her story spans 18 years from the moment she -then a 13 year-old girl- sets her eyes on her new neighbor. she tells their brief but passionate love in her youthi the hardship she goes through raising their child alone, and their final encounter after the war, during which the man fails tor ecognize her and one which leaves her in despair. Now having lost her son, she no longer has the courage to live on. Only in a letter is she capable of telling him everything, for the first and the last time. shaken by the letter, the man searches his memory for the nameless woman. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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When the man brings the woman to his home in the "Six years later" segment (which takes place in the late 1930s), the woman brushes her hand against the spine of the second volume of the World Book Dictionary as she admires his books. The first edition of the dictionary was published in 1963. See more »

Connections

Version of Grande Teatro Tupi: Carta de Uma Desconhecida (1958) See more »

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A Worthy Remake
25 May 2009 | by lester_huntSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of the American film Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls/Koch, 1948), so I was ready to be sort of defensive about this one. But I must admit it is really very very good. One reason I don't mind having another version is that this one is so different. While the 1948 version is squarely in the romantic tradition, this film is very realistic. It is also much closer to the Stefan Zweig short story that both films are based on. The best thing about it I think is the amazingly convincing portrayal of a character who ages from her early teens to her early thirties. I have never seen that sort of thing done so well. The one flaw, I think, is the casting of Wen Jiang as the man who is the object of the woman's erotic obsession. He just doesn't have the magnetism to get us to sympathize with her fixation on him. But then, maybe we aren't supposed to.


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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

4 March 2005 (China) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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