Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Forced Entry 2019

- Hush...Hush, Nellie Oleson! 2019

- Badass Beauty Queen: The Story of Anastasia Lin 2018

- The Faceless Man 2019

- Hold Back the Dawn 1941

- Black Moon 2019

- Orgy of the Damned 2010

- Also Patrick 2019

- 8 Remains 2018

- States 2019

- Alice, Sweet Alice 1976

- The VelociPastor 2018

- Ox Baker - One of the Boys 2019

- Malign 2018

- Surviving Confession 2019

- The Buskers & Lou 2015

- Assassinaut 2019

- The Loveless 1981

- Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa 2018

- So, You're the Guy? 2019

- 3 Lives 2019

- Lamp Light 2016

- Wicked Witches 2019

- Is That You? 2018

- The Chill Factor 1993

- The Night Sitter 2018

- Clown College 2019

- Finding Purpose 2019

- They're Inside 2019

- Blindsided 2018

- Blood Paradise 2018

- Weird Science 1985

- In Memory of 2018

- Dacryphilia + Hematolagnia 2019

- The Space Between Words 2019

- Silent Panic 2018

- Double Impact 1991

- Captain Black 2017

- I, Portrait 2019

- Miss Freelance 2019

- Scrawl 2015

- I am a Rain Dog 2019

- The Dark Within 2019

- The New York Ripper 1982

- Beloved Beast 2019

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Mo Li Hua Kai

Jasmine Women
Jasmine Flower

China 2004
produced by
Han Sanping, Li Xudong, Tian Zhuangzhuang (executive) for China Film Group, Polybona Entertainment
directed by Hou Yong
starring Zhang Ziyi, Joan Chen, Jiang Wen, Lu Yi, Liu Ye
screenplay by Zhang Xian, Hou Yong, based on the novel Women's Life by Su Tong, music by Su Cong

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


Shanghai, the 1930's: Mo (Zhang Ziyi) is a young woman dreaming of a career in the movies - so when film producer Meng (Jiang Wen) promises to make her dreams come true, Mo leaves her mother (Joan Chen), who is strictly against her daughter becoming a movie actress, behind ... and indeed, before long Mo's first film comes out and proves to be a success. So it comes as no surprise that Mo falls inlove with Meng, and before you know it, she is pregnant ... and he embezzles the film company's money and flees to Hong Kong, leaving her behind heartbroken ...

Mo moves back in with her mother, who has since started an affair with a hairdresser who even lives with her. But before long, the good hairdresser shows more than a little interest in attractive Mo, but when he realizes he can't get what he wants, he robs Mo's mother blind and makes an escape. Heartbroken, Mo's mother kills heself ...

The 1950's: Mo (now played by Joan Chen) still lives in her mother's house with her daughter Lili (Zhang Ziyi again), who has fallen in love with a party member, Zou Jie (Lu Yi), marries him and goes to live with him and his family, embracing the proletarian lifestyle ... but after a short time, she realizes she can't stand being a proletarian and leaves again, but not without asking him to move in with her and her mother ... and even though he's a party member, he gives in, but has problems adapting to Lili's burgeois lifestyle in return. The two want to have a baby, but when Lili finds out she cannot become pregnant, they adopt little flower ... but the kid changes Lili, and more and more she believes that Zou Jie wants to abuse little flower - until Zou Jie can't take these accusations anymore and throws himself in front of a train - which makes Lili go mad ...

The 1980's: Mo, now an old woman (but still played by joan Chen) has brought Flower (now she is played by Zhang Ziyi) as best as she could, but that doesn't keep Flower from secretly marrying her fellow student Xia Du (Liu Ye). However, then Xia Du goes to study in Japan for a year - and while he falls in love with someone else and wants a divorce, Flower finds out she is pregnant and refuses to grant him his divorce ... unless they have sex one more time - which almost causes a miscarriage. Ultimately, Flower finds herself as a pregnant woman all on her own (even Mo has died in the meantime), and when her contractions start in the middle of a rainy night and she can't find a cab to take her to the hospital, she has her baby all alone, in the middle of the street ...

 

An film that just isn't up to its epic proportions: despite its 130 minutes of running time, the overall story of the film as well as its 3 narratives let alone all the subplots seem to be sadly underdeveloped - and yet the movie feels a tad on the long side. So maybe it wasn't too good an idea to make a feature film out of Su Tong's family saga in the first place. On the plus side, the film is well-acted, and especially Zhang Ziyi is (once again) amazing - but that's just not enough to save the film ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Jasmine Women
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Jasmine Women here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Jasmine Women at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD