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JASMINE WOMEN: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
A saga of three generations of mothers and daughters in Shanghai, China; Mo in the 30s, Lili in the 50s and Hua in the 80s (Ziyi Zhang).

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Dedicated to all mothers, this lush, beautifully mounted production seduces the viewer with its period settings, its emotional highs and lows and its outstanding performances. Ziyi Zhang and Joan Chen dominate their scenes with an easy, engaging honesty that drives the film's emotional engine.

Zhang plays the young Mo in the 30s, her daughter Lili in the 50s and her granddaughter Hua in the 80s, while Joan Chen plays Mo's mother and the old Mo. This reinforces the notion that each generation repeats the mistakes of youth, that each parent repeats the mistakes of theirs.

From pre-war to post-war Communist China, from puberty to the loss of innocence and the betrayals, not all by and with men, to the unpredictability of fate is all portrayed in intimate scenes shot with great taste and style by Xiao feng Yao. Costumes and sets are outstanding, and the adaptation compresses the novel without losing touch with its essential tone.

Although it is a 'chick flick' the universal truths and observations of human nature at its most complex make it accessible to a wider audience. (With a bit of a soppy ending...)

Published: March 13, 2008

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JASMINE WOMEN: DVD (MA)
(China, 2004)

Mo li hua kai

CAST: Ziyi Zhang, Joan Chen, Jiang Wen, Ye Liu, Yi Lu

PRODUCER: Han Sanping, Li Xudong

DIRECTOR: Yong Hou

SCRIPT: Zhang Xian, Yong Hou (novel by Su Tong)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Xiao feng Yao

EDITOR: Zhang Haihong Yuxi

MUSIC: Cong Su

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Zongsi Min

RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: trailers

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Force Ent

DVD RELEASE: January 16, 2008







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