The story of three generations of women from the same Shanghai, China family, it tells of the family's struggle to overcome its tragic history as each daughter repeats the mistakes of her mother. From the 1930's to the 1950's to the 1970's.
Unrated (Not Rated)
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JASMINE WOMEN is a Chinese chick-flick. A tear-jerker showcasing the top Chinese actress today -- Zhang Ziyi -- playing 3 generations of luckless-in-love young women with Joan Chen (the premiere Chinese actress of almost two decades ago) taking the maternal role to her, whether as mother or grandmother. Evidently, combining the names of the 3 women Zi plays -- Mo, Li, and Hua -- results in the Mandarin word for "Jasmine".
Most of the movie's melodrama didn't move me, in part cuz I ain't a chick. And, in part cuz the script was composed of scenes of short bursts (à la Hollywood's impatient style) which fail to produce dramatic depth.
Still, I got fairly involved in the second story set during the Cultural Revolution when the story took a couple turns that I didn't expect. (For a fascinating film of the travails of a Chinese family during Mao's reign, try...
I'm a big fan of Zhang Ziyi so it's a no brainer that I love all of her movies. But I like this one for it's unusual twist that Zhang plays three generations of women in a family. Bad luck in love and the sacrifices made for one's children. I truly enjoyed it!
good movie showing three periods in chinese history told through one family. zhang ziyi is excellant in the title role.
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