Pavilion of Women

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • UPC: 025192126321
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / DTS
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 94,763

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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Willem Dafoe
         Luo Yan
         Yim Ho
      Recommendations
         Beautiful Creatures
         The Man Who Cried
         Rat
         Shadow of the Vampire
      Production Notes
      DVD-ROM Features
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English Dolby Digital
      Spoken Language: English DTS Digital Surround
      Spoken Language: Français Dolby Surround
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: None
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly recommend

    I watched the movie twice, having found it by accident. It was enchanting to say the least and I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in preCommunist China.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great love story of forbidden love

    The setting in the pre war period of China in the 1930 is alway interesting to me. The movie captures the Chinese Culture well. There is a lot of physical tension and attraction build up in this movie in this forbidden love between a married Chinese women and an American priest. I love this movie and recommend it to those who wants to know more about Chinese culture or about love.

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