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Director: Hou Yong
Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Joan Chen, Jiang Wen
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2005




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Languages: Mandarin/Shanghainese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 Letterbox
Sound: Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 2 hrs 9 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar Entertainment




"Jasmine Women" tells the story of one family's struggle to overcome its tragic history, as each daughter repeats the mistakes of her mother. Veteran cinematographer and first-time director Hou Yong (Cinematographer of Zhang Yimou's "The Road Home" and Tian Zhuang Zhuang's "The Blue Kite") sets his film in the 1930's, 50's and 80's against the backdrop of an ever-changing Shanghai. The film is all the more remarkable for the fact that Zhang Ziyi plays three roles: the young Mo, the young Li and Hua.


Jasmine Women depicts the tales of different three women in a Shanghai family and one of Asian hottest celebrity, Zhang Ziyi gets to stretch her acting abilities by portraying the three women Mo, Li and Hua during the different eras of Shanghai.

The first story begins during the glitz and glamorous period of Shanghai in the 1930, a time when the young Mo dreams of being a movie star which her mother disapproved of. One day, opportunities came knocking on their doors and a charming middle age man made Mo a chance of a lifetime to achieve her dreams. Instant stardom arrived quickly but woes soon followed as Mo finds out that she is pregnant and the actual reasons for her quick accent in show business.

Fastward 20 years ahead where the second story is set during the communism period of Shanghai in the 1950s and this time, the focus shift from Mo to her daughter Li. A different culture is sweeping through and that causes the conflicting mindset between mother and daughter. Li fell in love with a young leader from the working class but was met with Mo's disapproval. Anxious to be with the man she loved, she left home and gotten married. But things were not as rosy as Li thought it would be and soon faces problems with her in laws.

The last story is set during the early 1980s and now the focus is about Hua, the daughter of Li. Like her mother and grandmother before her, she secretly married a fellow student without getting her elder's consent and suffer similar fate as those before her. Before they could actually spend any time as a married couple, Hua's husband went aboard to further his studies and like many long distance relationship, their relationship couldn't stand the test of time and distance away each other.

In all three stories, all the protagonists each faces similar problems and fate. All three woman disobey her mother or grandmother for a relationship with seemly perfect man but ends up paying a hefty price for the consequences. This film also showcase how trends and culture affect these ladies' decisions and the different ways they dealt with their problems.

One of the buzz factor for this movie would be definitely be Zhang Ziyi starring in this movie. Her choice of movies have help her build her reputation in solid acting and Jasmine women was another good choice of film to participate. She earned the Best Actress of the 13th Golden Rooster Awards of China with her performance as the young Mo, Li and Hua. With some help from the film production and her dramatic range of acting ability, She handled all the three roles very convincingly and differentiating the three roles with ease.

Another talented actress joins Zhang Ziyi in multi roles was Joan Chen, who plays Mo's mother and Mo as a mother and Mo as a grandmother. As usual, beside looking gorgeous and excluding grace for her characters, she is just as capable in making each character distinctive beyond the help from wardrobe and makeup.

A bit of side trivial information for non Chinese speakers out there, the name of all the three protagonists Mo, Li and Hua form the Chinese word for Jasmine Flower. The literal Mandarin translation of Jasmine Women is (Mo Li Hua Ka) which means the blossoming of the Jasmine flower (Mo Li Hua).




never seen the theatrical release of this film but I was told that the picture quality was sharp and colors are vibrant. The picture quality of Comstar release for this film was strangely grainy which I thought could be a bad transfer. Nevertheless the grainy picture quality does set the moods for the olden days of Shanghai.

Jasmine Women is presented in widescreen and comes in Dolby Digital 2.0 for playback in normal television set with switchable English and Chinese Subititles.



Review by Richard Lim Jr



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