We gave it a D+
Or, Not Another Tacky Chinese Period Piece. Willem Dafoe goes the standard round-eye route as a not-so-celibate Western priest who runs an orphanage in 1938 prerevolution China. The fireworks — and platitudes — fly when the repressed Madame Wu (Luo Yan) falls under his tutelage. Adapted from a Pearl S. Buck novel, the utterly predictable melodrama’s only feat is that it manages to reduce every staple of Asian drama to cliche.