Pavilion of Women Poster

Release Date: May 4th, 2001

DVD Release Date: January 15th, 2002

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

Production Co: Silver Dream Productions

Distributors: Universal Focus

Ratings & Reviews

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

  • It's loaded with -- scenery-chewing melodrama, cornball pidgin dialogue and syrupy music.

  • 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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