Oct-Dec 2010 Screenings
1996 - Cheng Kaige - 130 mins - Hong Kong
Thu 9 Dec 1999 at 8.30pm
Lakelands Hotel, Scariff, Co. Clare
Midnight Court Rating: 5.0 (1 votes)
Storyline: An emotionally complex look at a young gigolo’s obsession with the daughter of a wealthy, decaying family, set in the ‘20s.
Central character Zhongliang is a smooth, blackmailing gigolo in decadent Shanghai, not far from the Pang household in Suzhou. Treated almost as a son by his Mafioso boss, Zhongliang occasionally steals away for secret R&R in the arms of an older woman, the only one for whom he feels any warmth.
Meanwhile, at the Pang’s his cousin Ryui has effectively taken over as head of the household following the death of the clan elder. Titular management of the
household is given to a distant cousin, Duanwu,
household is given to a distant cousin, Duanwu, who immediately falls for his beautiful, remote relative. When Zhongliang, at his boss’s urging, visits Suzouh, the wheels are set in motion for an obsessive love affair to develop between him and Ryui.
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