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A woman defies convention to find happiness, only to discover the costs are greater than she imagined in this drama based on the novel by Pearl S. Buck. In 1938, with Communist rebels on the rise in China and Imperial Japan intent upon expanding its rule into Manchuria and China, Lord Wu (Shek Sau) is a feudal leader who rules both his community and his family with an iron fist. But his wife, Madame Wu (Luo Yan), has just turned 40 and has grown weary of her husband's dominance. With her son Fengmo (John Cho) now 18 and engaged to be married, Madame Wu sees her responsibilities to her family all but complete, so in violation of traditional custom, she arranges for Chiuming (Yi Ding), a peasant girl just turned 18, to be brought into the household as Lord Wu's concubine, freeing her from sexual servitude to her husband. However, Chiuming's lack of sexual experience proves problematic for herself as well as Lord Wu, whose erotic tastes run to the unconventional. Meanwhile, Madame Wu makes the acquaintance of Andre (Willem Dafoe), an American missionary and doctor who is helping Fengmo with his studies; Andre is kind, compassionate, and intelligent, and he makes a tremendous impression on Madame Wu, who soon finds herself falling for the mysterious American as circumstances cause both her household and China to explode into chaos. Pavilion of Women was the first co-production between an American studio, Universal Pictures, and Beijing Film Studio of China; the film was shot on location in China, but with a primarily English-speaking cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 4, 2001

Cast

Willem Dafoe
as Andre
Luo Yan
as Madame Wu
Shek Sau
as Mr. Wu
John Cho
as Fengmo
Yi Ding
as Chiuming
Koh Chieng-mun
as Ying
Anita Loo
as Old Lady
Amy Hill
as Madame Kang
Kate McGregor-Stewart
as Sister Shirley

Crew

Luo Yan
Director
Yim Ho
Director
Luo Yan
Producer
Luo Yan
Screenwriter
Paul Collins
Screenwriter
Poon Hang-sang
Cinematographer
Conrad Pope
Composer (Music Score)
Duncan Burns
Editor
Claudia Finkle
Editor
James Leung
Production Designer
Joel Chong Kwok Wing
Art Director
Huang Xinming
Art Director
Li Xiaogeng
Co-producer
Bob Warden
Associate Producer
Rowena Li
Associate Producer
Huang Xinming
Set Designer
Shen Yu Long
Set Designer
Wendy Law
Costume Designer
Shen Yu Long
Set Decorator
Thomas Chow
First Assistant Director
Aaron Griffith
Casting
Jussi Tegelman
Supervising Sound Editor
Max Ivins
Visual Effects Supervisor
Rowena Li
Second Unit Camera
Stephen Wang
Additional Cinematography
Stephen Wang
Second Unit Camera
Bernadette Cheng
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