Temptress Moon (1997)

Temptress Moon



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Chen Kaige, the director of the international smash Farewell My Concubine, reunited that film's stars, Gong Li and Leslie Cheung, for this complexly layered, visually spectacular historical epic. Opening in 1911, shortly before the collapse of the Imperial government, Temptress Moon follows the wealthy and powerful Pang Family, whose patriarch is hopelessly addicted to opium, which he calls "the source of all inspiration." Zhengda (Zhou Yemang), Old Master Pang's oldest son, has married a woman … More

Rating: R (for some intense images of sexuality and opium use)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Shu Kei, Wang Anyi
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On DVD: Jul 2, 2002



as Yu Zhongliang

as Pang Ruyi

as Pang Duanwu

as Yu Xiuyi

as Li Niangjiu

as Pang An

as Jingyun

as Pang Zhengda

as The Woman of Heavenl...

as Pang An

as Pang Zhengda

as Zhongliang (as a Chi...

as Ruyi (as a Child)

as Duannwu (as a Child)

as Li Niangjiu

as Elder Qi

as Nightclub girl (uncr...

as Pang Duanwu
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Critic Reviews for Temptress Moon

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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | June 13, 1997
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Temptress Moon


Out of all the movies I have seen from the Far East this was one of the hardest to keep up with, took about 50 minutes to get straight who was who and who was doing what.
Movie is set back in 1911 time frame, and when the master dies his son is in no condition to rule the family (A bad day with Opium ruin his mental facilities.) So wit no choice but to allow Ruyi (Li Gong)the daughter to rule the family, her first action is to throw the whores and concubines out of the house, this really pisses off the elders. As time goes on she falls in love with her brother in law who is a sleaze bucket from Shanghi. In the eng Ruyi falls victim to the same fate as her brother. Not as good as other Asian films I have seen but worth 3 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce

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