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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:

What the heart hides, the moon reveals. 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

Joan Chen was considered for the role of Pang Ruyi during the project's development. See more »

Alternate Versions

The VHS fullscreen version produced by Miramax Home Entertainment and distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment is cut to approximately 115 minutes. See more »

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Fascinating
27 November 2000 | by ruthgeeSee all my reviews

I watched this movie on the T.V. and I think if I had seen it in a theatre I would have rated it higher than 7. It is a fascinating story, beautifully told. The atmosphere created was wonderful. The story is tragic. The early childhood of Zhongliang was horrifying, as was the life led by the Pang family,addicted to opium; the cruelty shown him by his sister and brother-in-law truly shaped Zhongliang's character. Part of the movie is set in Shanghai in about the 1920's seemed real. It is a sad tale of corruption and cruelty.


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