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Jiang Wen (Actor) | Joan Chen (Actor) | Liu Ye (Actor) | Zhang Ziyi (Actor)
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Jasmine Women now comes with English subtitles!

Jasmine Women, a film whose release date was put off for 3 years until 2006, stars Zhang Ziyi in three different roles, which is quite a challenge to her. The film features a star-studded cast, including Joan Chen (Saving Face), Liu Ye (Lan Yu, The Promise), Lu Yi (Seven Swords), and Jiang Wen (Devils on the Doorstep, Red Sorghum). The movie is adapted from the novel Women's Life by the famous writer Su Tong, whose literary works have been turned into many films, among them Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern. Jasmine Women follows a family whose female members from three different generations all experience frustration in marriage, as if the family is cursed.

In the 1930s, Mo (Zhang Ziyi), brought up by her single mother (Joan Chen), develops a romance with the studio manager (Jiang Wen) and is dumped after she gets pregnant. She blames her daughter Li for all her miseries. In the 1960s, Li can no longer put up with her mother Mo (Joan Chen) and marries a construction worker (Lu Yi). Being impotent, Li adopts a child from the orphan named Hua. In the 1980s, Li suspects that her husband has an incestuous affair with Hua. Her husband commits suicide and Li becomes schizophrenic. Hua's marriage is no better than her mother's or grandmother's - her husband (Liu Ye) finds a mistress and she decides to divorce him although she has already conceived his child...

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Product Title: Jasmine Women (DVD) (English Subtitle) (DTS Version) (China Version) 茉莉花開 (DVD-9) (中英文字幕)(中國版) 茉莉花开 (DVD-9) (中英文字幕)(中国版) ジャスミンの花開く (茉莉花開) (DVD-9) (中国語/英語文字幕) (中国版) Jasmine Women (DVD) (English Subtitle) (DTS Version) (China Version)
Artist Name(s): Jiang Wen (Actor) | Joan Chen (Actor) | Liu Ye (Actor) | Zhang Ziyi (Actor) | Lu Yi (Actor) 姜文 (Actor) | 陳沖 (Actor) | 劉燁 (Actor) | 章子怡 (Actor) | 陸 毅 (Actor) 姜文 (Actor) | 陈冲 (Actor) | 刘烨 (Actor) | 章子怡 (Actor) | 陆 毅 (Actor) 姜文(チアン・ウェン) (Actor) | 陳沖(ジョアン・チェン) (Actor) | 劉燁 (リウ・イエ)  (Actor) | 章子怡(チャン・ツィイー) (Actor) | 陸毅 (ルー・イー) (Actor) Jiang Wen (Actor) | Joan Chen (Actor) | Liu Ye (Actor) | 장쯔이 (Actor) | Lu Yi (Actor)
Director: Hou Yong 侯詠 侯咏 Hou Yong Hou Yong
Release Date: 2006-05-30
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: Guang Dong Yin Xiang
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004340738

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* Screen Format : 4:3
* Sound Mix : Dolby AC-3, DTS
* DVD Type : DVD-9



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Professional Review of "Jasmine Women (DVD) (English Subtitle) (DTS Version) (China Version)"

May 30, 2006

When word began to circulate about mainland Chinese drama Jasmine Women back in 2003 and 2004, it seemed the sort of film guaranteed to make waves internationally. It is, after all, based on a well-regarded novel and features an all star cast built around Zhang Ziyi and Joan Chen. But, for whatever reason, the film simply slipped off the radar and has been seldom seen until now with a new Chinese DVD release making the film widely available.

Told in three segments spanning three distinct time periods, Jasmine Women casts both Zhang and Chen in multiple roles as it tells the stories of three generations of an all female family and their very poor choices in men. The first segment casts Zhang as A Mo - the only character who recurs through all three segments - with Chen as A Mo's mother. Chen takes over the A Mo role in both the second and third segments while Zhang playing A Mo's daughter and granddaughter, respectively.

The film opens in the early thirties, the jazz era in full swing. A Mo is a bright-eyed young girl, working with her mother in their family photography shop while obsessing over the movies. When she catches the eye of a lecherous film producer, A Mo moves away from home to become an actress against her mother's wishes. She seems well on the road to success until the Cultural Revolution strikes, effectively destroying the film industry and leaving A Mo abandoned, unemployed, pregnant and with no choice but to move back home with her disapproving mother.

The second segment jumps forward slightly more than twenty years to the early fifties. A Mo - now played by Chen - still lives in the apartment over the photography shop, now with her daughter Lily (Zhang). Chinese Communism is in full swing, and the young Lily has fallen in love with a university classmate, a working class Communist Party member. Following a fight with her mother, Lily, enamored with a wildly over-romanticized view of the working class life, leaves home and marries her young love against her mother's wishes, only to receive a rude awakening on lower class life.

We then jump forward in time again to the seventies with Lily's daughter returning home from an extended time away living in the countryside, during which time she was secretly married to a man about to head to a far away university.

The strength of Jasmine Women is very obviously the attention to period detail and the recreation of these distinct times. The opening segment, in particular, is gorgeously detailed and beautifully shot, many sequences very strongly reminiscent of the old MGM musicals. This was a vibrant time period lovingly recreated, and there are much worse things in the world than looking at Zhang done up in period glam. And while the later two pieces may not be as flashy as the opening salvo, they are also recreated with a remarkable attention to detail.

Unfortunately the film's weaknesses are also immediately evident. As you may gather from the above synopses, the storylines in all three segments are highly repetitive, the film essentially repeating variations on the same scenario in three different time periods. The characters never seem to progress and little effort is made to differentiate the different characters either of the main actresses play. Perhaps lying at the root of this problem is how the film feels less like a coherent narrative - an actual story about actual people - than it does a type of historical tourism, a series of events strung together more to guide you through an era than to introduce you to any particular character. Coming in at forty to forty five minutes each, the individual segments aren't long enough for any sort of extended character development, but are long enough to bloat the total running time to two hours and ten minutes, which is far too long for a film that repeats itself as often as this one does.

The mainland Chinese DVD release is pretty much what you would expect from the Zoke Culture DVD label, which is to say not particularly good. Presented in a letterboxed widescreen format the transfer is soft and noticeably grainy with high contrast elements tending to bleed out somewhat. And while the subtitles give enough to follow the story with little effort, they are definitely of the "Engrish" variety - poorly translated and littered with grammar and syntax errors.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10 (1)

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December 24, 2006

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I got bored Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
Jasmine Women - touted as star studded movie with "challenging" performances.

Reality - boring, repetitive, and pretty darn slow movie to watch.

Had it not been for Joan Chen's acting, (which is the only worthy performance in the film), this film would be a total waste of time and boring. Joan was the only stand out in the film and she ages pleasantly well too.

Ziyi on the other hand, the 'supposed' star in this film is well, annoying and predictable. Her performance is the usual stuck-up, self-absorbed, tantrum throwing narcissist. Yehh..... I'm getting quite bored of it. So in this film she plays 3 different characters from 3 different generations. All I saw was 3 different characters with the same performance 3 times over (yawn yawn) Challenging?? Please tell me you have something better than that. She has been playing the same role not only in this movie 3 times over, but the same roles in all her other movies.
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