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PAVILION OF WOMEN

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Pavilion of Women

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
Limited Release Date:
05/04/01
performer:
Willem Dafoe, Luo Yan
director:
Yim Ho
author:
Paul Collins, Luo Yan

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.