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The Beauty Remains (Mei ren yi jiu) (2007)



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A woman's tainted family history proves to be both a blessing and a curse in this drama from Chinese-American filmmaker Ann Hu. Fei (Zhou Xun) is a young woman who was born as a result of an extra-marital dalliance by her father, the wealthy Master Li. When Master Li dies while Fei is away at school, she returns home to pay her respects. At the reading of his will, Fei learns that Li's final wishes have specified she must continue her education at the same school as Ying (Vivian Wu), her half-sister, and that the two girls must share a home. Fei is not happy with this new arrangement; Ying makes no secret of her dislike of Fei, while many of Fei's new classmates regard her as a nuevo riche who has rejected her proletarian roots. Fei meets Huang (Wang Zhiwen), Ying's rich but rebellious boyfriend, and finds herself becoming deeply infatuated with him; Ying, aware of her half-sister's feelings, insists that Huang set a date and marry her as soon as possible to bring their budding romance to an end. Mei Ren Yi Jiu (aka Beauty Remains) received its North American premiere at the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival.
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Xun Zhou
as Fei
Vivian Wu
as Ying
Zhiwen Wang
as Huang
Lisa Lu
as Woman Gambler
Chang Shen
as Xiao Tian
Wang Jian Jun
as Li Zhu
Xu Jing
as Niu Niu
Jin Hong Wen
as Lawyer
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The film plays like the work of a fifth-generation Chinese hack faking a lavish Hollywood saga on an indie budget.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Village Voice
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So beautifully filmed, it is especially sad that the script doesn't measure up.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
New York Post
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Overwritten dialogue is matched by melodramatic performances.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
New York Daily News
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Ann Hu's Beauty Remains is distinguished by a ghostly, intimate atmosphere that will linger with you long after the plot has faded.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Top Critic

A delicate figurine of a movie, Beauty Remains is an account of a tragic love triangle set in China in 1948, just before the Communists won the civil war.

Full Review… | September 19, 2007
New York Times
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The movie's tapestry and matrix of confused emotions is as breathtaking as the period fashions and as breathless as, well, Breathless.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Film Journal International

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