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Temptress Moon (1996)

Feng yue (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 13 June 1997 (USA)
Not far from Shanghai, in a country town stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older ... See full summary »

Director:

Kaige Chen

Writers:

Kaige Chen (story), Kei Shu | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Cheung ... Yu Zhongliang
Li Gong ... Pang Ruyi
Kevin Lin Kevin Lin ... Pang Duanwu
Saifei He ... Yu Xiuyi (Zhongliang's Sister)
Shih Chang Shih Chang ... Li Niangjiu
Liankun Lin Liankun Lin ... Pang An
Hsiang Ting Ko ... Elder Qi
Yin Tse ... Boss (as Xian Xie)
David Wu ... Jingyun
Jie Zhou Jie Zhou ... The Woman of Zephyr Lane
Yemang Zhou Yemang Zhou ... Pang Zhengda
Lei Ren Lei Ren ... Yu Zhongliang (child)
Ying Wang Ying Wang ... Pang Ruyi (child)
Lin Ge Lin Ge ... Pang, Duanwu (child)
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Storyline

Not far from Shanghai, in a country town stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older brother, Zhengda, is addicted as well, and then paralysed and effectively brain-dead. Zhongliang, Zhengda's brother-in-law, is a successful gigolo in Shanghai who seduces older married women and then blackmails them. When Older Master Pang dies, the clan elders make Ruyi take over the role as the head of the household. Zhongliang returns to the Pang family on the death of Old Master Pang, re-encounters Ruyi, and they are secretly attracted to each other. Wanting to seem sophisticated, she succumbs to Zhongliang's attempts to seduce her. But then an emotional maelstrom follows - for the angry, jealous and sexually frustrated sister (Zhengda's wife) is also part of the picture. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Taglines:

A seductive new film so provocative it was banned in its own country. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some intense images of sexuality and opium use | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

13 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Temptress Moon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,471, 15 June 1997

Gross USA:

$1,100,788

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,100,788
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theartrical release) (Miramax)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of its sets was later utilized in Shanghai Grand (1996). See more »

Alternate Versions

Movie is cut-down to 116 minutes in the UK, for television. See more »

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The Plot as Strong as The Image
12 December 2003 | by zhiminhuSee all my reviews

The images are very impressed. The color, the shadow, the depth of field and the framing are excellent. Every individual image is a great picture! Specially in the scene of presenting Ruyi as the master of the family, the soft lens makes Ruyi's white clothes flared, so that it emphasizes her special position in the family as well as her angel image.

We often see the sexual victim as woman. As contrary, this movie describes a male victim from the sex abuse of his sister and his brother-in-law. The tragedy goes deeper when this victim destroys the others and himself.

In summary, this movie is on my collection list.


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