Posted by: hcpen1111
Film by Renowned Director Stanley Kwan based on the well-known novel of WangAnYi tracing the life of a Shanghai girl from her glamourious days as 2nd runner-up in the Miss Shanghai Pageant and mistress of a nationalist army general in 1947 to a plain life under Communist China through the Cultural Revolution to 1981. It also deals with her relationships with the 4 men in her life. Her life is supposed to mirror the life of the city of Shanghai itself. The lead is by Cantopop singer Sammi Cheng who changes her image drastically for this film....have not watched it yet but would recommend it given its by one of my favourite directors, Stanley Kwan, who is renowned for capturing nostalgia and women's viewpoints....also THE MOST ACCURATE portrayal of the Chinese dress i've seen on film with regards to Shanghai ladies..most films make the Chinese dresses way too sexy for that era but this film has done research and being a Chinese Dress expert myself, the dress and hairstyle of Sammi in the film is accurate for 40s era..