Pavilion of Women

Pavilion of Women

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Director: Yim Ho

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Shek Sau

     
 

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Yim Ho's drama Pavilion of Women comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned.See more details below

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Yim Ho's drama Pavilion of Women comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer, and production notes. Those with a DVD-ROM drive can access additional materials. This is a solid release from Universal.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
It may be the first Pearl Buck film adaptation with a (nearly) all Chinese cast, but that's about the only distinguishing attribute of this sluggish historical romance. Clearly a personal project for co-star Luo Yan (who also produced and co-wrote the screenplay), the film has tantalizing possibilities that it never realizes. Madame Wu (Luo Yan) is one of those women who, upon turning 40, immediately understand that their role in marriage is unsatisfactory and are lucky enough to have a plan B: a concubine for her husband's "kinky" sexual tastes (he likes oral sex) and another man, a kindly priest, glumly played by a miscast Willem Dafoe. Dafoe has done nobility before, in Platoon and Light Sleeper, but he looks distinctly uncomfortable here and there's no chemistry between him and his putative romantic co-star. The dynamics of the Wu household -- the master dominated by his mother, his new young concubine drawing the interest of the household's teenaged son, who has been promised in marriage to another woman -- is enough for one film, but set this against the rise of the Communist party, the imminence of the Japanese invasion, and, oh yeah, the village getting electrical power, and you have several miniseries worth of material. Chinese films like Raise the Red Lantern and Farewell, My Concubine have handled the elements of this film with imagination and sophistication, but Pavilion's stilted dialogue, wooden acting (admittedly, Luo Yan does have some fine moments), and clunky staging drag it down to the level of Mystery Science Theater 3000 material.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
UPC:
0025192126321
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
83,120

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Cast and filmmakers; Production notes; DVD-ROM features

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Yim Ho Director
Luo Yan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Duncan Burns Editor
Bernadette Cheng Makeup
Thomas Chow Asst. Director
Paul Collins Screenwriter
John Dunn Sound/Sound Designer
Claudia Finkle Editor
Aaron Griffith Casting
Poon Hang-sang Cinematographer
Robert W. Hutchins Special Effects Supervisor
Wendy Law Costumes/Costume Designer
James Leung Production Designer
Rowena Li Associate Producer
Shen Yu Long Set Decoration/Design
Conrad Pope Score Composer
Bob Warden Associate Producer
Joel Chong Kwok Wing Art Director
Li Xiaogeng Co-producer
Huang Xinming Art Director,Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Banquet Preparations [:34]
2. Main Titles [3:41]
3. The Birthday Banquet [2:17]
4. A Younger Wife [2:10]
5. The Priest [2:31]
6. The Wedding [1:55]
7. Lessons [6:59]
8. Questions [3:57]
9. A Birthday and a Fire [3:40]
10. The Flower Boat [:54]
11. Electricity [5:27]
12. Rumors [1:59]
13. Going Home [5:15]
14. Andre and Ailian [7:06]
15. Ancestors [3:28]
16. Fengmo Leaves [1:25]
17. Japanese Invasion [3:39]
18. Three Years Later [4:56]

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