Pavilion of Women (2001)

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Critic Consensus: Generating more suds than a soap opera, this adaptation of Pearl Buck's novel sinks under the weight of excess melodrama, stilted performances, and cheesy dialogue.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Paul R. Collins, Ho Yim, Yan Luo, Paul Collins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2002
Runtime:
Universal Focus - Official Site

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Cast


as Father Andre

as Madame Wu

as Fengmo

as Chiuming

as Madame Kang

as Old Lady Wu

as Mr. Lang

as Head Servant

as Kang Lin Yi

as Matchmaker

as Fengma's Friend

as Fengma Friend

as Fengma's Friend

as Loud Mouth

as Male Birthday Guest

as Male Birthday Guest

as Male Birthday Guest

as Male Birthday Guest

as Male Birthday Guest

as Female Birthday Gues...

as Female Birthday Gues...

as Female Birthday Gues...

as Female Birthday Gues...

as Female Birthday Gues...

as Kang Maid

as Kang Doorman

as Wu Relative

as Wu Relative

as Wu Relative

as Wu Relative

as Head of Police

as Orphanage Woman

as Kang's Wife

as Kang's Wife

as Kang's Wife

as Bride Carrier

as Land Steward

as Wu Doorman

as Accountant

as Policeman

as KMT General

as Japanese General

as Japanese General

as Japanese Soldier

as Orphan

as Orphan

as Orphan

as Orphan

as Orphan

as Kang Child

as Kang Child

as Duck Kid

as Old Lady Wu's Fried

as Old Lady Wu's Friend

as Old Lady Wu's Friend

as Old Lady Wu's Maid

as Old Lady Wu's Maid

as Old Lady Wu's Maid

as Wu Nanny

as Wu Nanny

as Kang Nanny

as Wu Servant

as Wu Servant

as Flower Boat Girl

as Flower Boat Girl

as Flower Boat Girl

as Flower Boat Girl

as Flower Boat Girl

as Flower Boat Girl

as Pin Tan Player

as Pin Tan Player

as Pin Tan Player

as Pin Tan Player
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Critic Reviews for Pavilion of Women

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12)

In many ways, this is the East Asian equivalent of the old Europudding productions, where international players have created something that's more cacaphonous than melodious.

Full Review… | June 11, 2001
Variety
Top Critic

The backdrop of exotic pagodas and wartime woe isn't nearly potent enough to buoy the feeble drama that plays out in the foreground.

May 17, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Despite solid performances and handsome production values, the picture ultimately feels like secondhand goods that have been refurbished for North American consumption.

May 11, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An instant antique.

Full Review… | May 4, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Suggests a sudsy version of The King and I without forceful personalities or fancy production numbers.

Full Review… | May 4, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Gets bogged down in enough 'event' to choke a miniseries.

Full Review… | May 4, 2001
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pavilion of Women

A beautiful movie! Love John Cho in this!! Willem Dafoe gives an interesting performance as a foreigner in love with a wife from a noble Chinese family. I've seen this movie several times over, and I can never get bored of it.

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Leo L

Super Reviewer

Started off great, Pearl S. Buck's novel talked in detail of many traditions in China and what happens when a foreigner comes into the picture. But the story contradicted all the Chinese traditions obviously. The film failed to show the development of Dafoe and Luo's characters, and the ending went to a different direction and become very religious.

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