Temptress Moon (1996)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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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 »



  • Temptress Moon (1996)
  • Temptress Moon (1996)
  • Temptress Moon (1996)
  • Temptress Moon (1996)
  • Temptress Moon (1996)
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Kaige Chen


Kaige Chen (story), Kei Shu, Anyi Wang (story)

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18 February 1999 | cinescot
| An outstanding film of China in the early Republican period.
Few film makers capture this history of China from a Chinese production company, unless it is a propaganda piece. Excellent acting by the beautiful and fabulous Gong-Li and Leslie Cheung.

Gong Li as Ruyi, falls into the rare, but possible, role of head of the Pang Family, a somewhat traditional family in Shanghai, China; after her older brother falls into opium addiction and her father dies.

As a family head, she is almost in the status of a ruling house, and requires a marriage; confidential advisors; and love. By reason of her birth, she is also sheltered froom the world.

Still banned, at this writing, from circulation in China; this beautiful story photographed in a nearby Shanghai location; with actual ancestral hall and mansion with garden; transcends the dynasty (as it begins in 1911-12) through two decades of the new Republic. Cheung is a Capo or Dai-Lo of a Shanghai Triad after growing up in the Pang household. Gong-Li lives with the duty a death has given her, after "elders approval" and must cope with her childhood friend & cousin as a lover and trusted adviser; while being courted by the returned from Shanghai Cheung; with whom she falls in love.

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Release Date:

13 June 1997



Country of Origin

China, Hong Kong

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,471 15 June 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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