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R| 1 hr. 56 min.

Plot Summary
Madame Wu (Luo Yan), an aristocrat's wife, yearns to expand her intellectual horizons now that her two sons are grown. She arranges for a concubine to come to the house to distract her husband while she pursues her own studies, which leads her to Andre, an American missionary doctor (Willem Dafoe), with whom she soon falls in love...

Cast: Willem Dafoe , Luo Yan , Shek Sau , John Cho , Yi Ding , Anita Loo , Amy Hill , Kate McGregor-Stewart

Director: Yim Ho

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Universal Focus

Pavilion of Women (2001)

Release Date: May 4th, 2001|1 hr. 56 min.

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  • This version is a well-meant but corny distillation -- a whole lot of bombast and phony exaltation in the name of entertaining enrichment. show more

  • It saves its clunkiest scene for the finale. No fair telling, but the key words are "political," "propaganda," "outdoors" and "orphans." show more

  • Introduces American audiences to Luo Yan, a charismatic Chinese-born actress now living in Los Angeles. She single-handedly nurtured this project to fruition, serving as producer, co-writer and star. show more

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