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The Chinese Botanist's Daughters (2006)

Les filles du botaniste (original title)
At the house of a famous Chinese botanist teacher his daughter and a female intern fall in love with each other - a forbidden love that must be kept secret.

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Sijie Dai
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mylène Jampanoï ... Min Li
Xiaoran Li ... An Chen (as Xiao Ran Li)
Dong Fu Lin Dong Fu Lin ... Mr. Chen (as Ling Dong Fu)
Wei-chang Wang Wei-chang Wang ... Dan
Nhu Quynh Nguyen ... La directrice de l'orphelinat
Nguyen Van Quang Nguyen Van Quang ... Maître Wang
Linh Thj Bich Thu Linh Thj Bich Thu ... La femme en cuisine
Thi Xuan Thuc Nguyen Thi Xuan Thuc Nguyen ... La vieille
Phuong-Thanh Phuong-Thanh ... La vendeuse de journaux
Tuo Jilin Tuo Jilin ... Le juge
Dinh Xuang Tung Dinh Xuang Tung ... Policier 1
Le Ba Anh Le Ba Anh ... Policier 2
Vuong Trach Vu Vuong Trach Vu ... Policier 3
Drieu Van Chau Drieu Van Chau ... La serveuse du restaurant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chu Hung Chu Hung ... Man Cage
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Storyline

Min Li, a trainee botanist is taken in by An's father. In such a beautiful, but lonely setting where the two are treated badly by the few men they communicate with, the women form a bond which quickly turns to unspeakable love. In a swirl of forbidden passion, love and opiate-induced intoxication they find themselves confronted with a society who will not accept same-sex love, a crime punishable by death. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Drama | Romance

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Mandarin Chinese title: Zhiwuyuan. See more »

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cheesy and bad film
10 April 2007 | by trackspotterSee all my reviews

I'm from an Asian background and I love Asian cinema and was intrigued by the beauty of the film. But after the first few minutes I realized I was in for some utter crap. The film tries to be erotic, but somehow fails. Very flimsy storyline with loads of bizarre discontinuity, black and white characters with no depth, i.e. good (the girls) versus bad (the guys). Lack of any sort of interesting dialogue, and altogether poor screenplay. Even the cinematography, which benefits from beautiful locations, is just plain tacky (oh, pretty reflections in the water!)

This film was a total drag. I cannot vouch for its authenticity, but in terms of human interest or an engaging storyline, it really suffers.


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Official Sites:

Europa Corp. [France]

Country:

France | Canada

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

26 April 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As Filhas do Botânico See more »

Filming Locations:

Hanoi, Vietnam See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR5,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,784,809
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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