R | | Drama, Romance
Not far from Shanghai, in a country town stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older ... See full summary »
Two months into shooting, Kaige Chen had to let his leading lady go and replaced her with Li Gong. This was immediately followed by a delay in filming due to bad weather. Both of these factors contributed to the budget doubling to US $4 million. Six months of post-production took place in Beijing and Japan. Opening explanatory cards were cut and some scenes were rearranged.By the time of the Cannes Film Festival, the budget had increased to US $7 million. Even then, the film's problems were not over - the Chinese authorities then banned the film due to its political undercurrent and explicit scenes.
Movie is cut-down to 116 minutes in the UK, for television.
$66,471 15 June 1997