Love is a Many-Splendored Thing is a just a song, isn't it? Nope, it turns out it is also an Oscar-nominated film from 1955 as well. The movie is about a married man who falls in love with a "Eurasian" woman in Hong Kong. Their affair threatens to ruin their lives because their interracial relationship is frowned upon and his wife won't grant him a divorce either. I think the racial angle is why it drew the attention of the Oscars, but watching it now all I could think was how offensive her yellow face seems. Thankfully they made her character half European as well, so they didn't go overboard with the offensive makeup on All-American actress Jennifer Jones. I can easily forgive that kind of casting, because it was very much a product of its time, although it certainly stood out a lot when they constantly put her side-by-side with people who actually are of Asian decent. The story seemed to meander a lot and kept hitting the same points again and again, so I didn't have a great interest in it. The real problem with the movie, however, is that there is no chemistry at all between William Holden and Jennifer Jones. They look like they are trying so hard to make this love story convincing, but I just feel like they hate one another when the cameras stop rolling. If you take away the interracial aspect of their relationship, which must have had some significance at the time, the plot is very paint-by-numbers and uninteresting. It was a movie where I was actually happy when it ended despite the attempt at a sad ending.