Pavilion of Women | 2001

Drama, Adaptation
The love story between a married Chinese woman and an American Jesuit priest who gets killed when the WWII conflict moves into China.

Cast

... brother Andre

Actor

... Madame Wu

Actor

... Mr Wu

Actor

... Fengmo

Actor

... Chiuming

Actor

... Ying

Actor

... Old Lady

Actor

... Madame Kang

Actor

... Sister Shirley

Actor

... Mr Lang

Actor

... Head Servant

Actor

... Fat Cook

Actor

Company

Production Company

Beijing Film Studio

Production Company

Beijing Stunt Group

Production Company

Century City Regional

Production Company

China Broadcasting Film & Television Administration

Production Company

China Film Bureau

Production Company

Synopsis

China, 1938: Intelligent and well-read, Madam Wu is the envy of all who know her. The Wu family is the richest and most powerful family in her town. Servants tend to her every need, her house and clothes are gorgeous, and she is as beautiful and serene as a traditional wife could want to be. Yet as the town celebrates her 40th birthday, Madame Wu scandalizes the gathering by announcing she will arrange for a much younger woman to be her husband's concubine, thereby ending her conjugal relationship with him. Her decision throws the family--one of the oldest in China--into an uproar, but she manages the transition as she does everything else in the extended family of over sixty relatives. Alone in her own quarters, she enjoys her new-found freedom and reads books denied her in the past. When her son begins English lessons, she too starts learning from the free-thinking missionary named Brother Andre, who changes her life when he falls in love with her.

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