• Released
  • May 4, 2001
  • R , 1 hr 59 min
  • Drama
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Introduces American audiences to Luo Yan, a charismatic Chinese-born actress now living in Los Angeles. She single-handedly nurtured this...
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It saves its clunkiest scene for the finale. No fair telling, but the key words are "political," "propaganda," "outdoors" and "orphans."
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40

New Times (L.A.)

By Andy Klein
Has an awkwardness that defeats whatever emotional involvement it tries to achieve.
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40

L.A. Weekly

By Paul Malcolm
So many romantic cliches it's laughable.
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30

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The locations and production design are breathtakingly beautiful. But though cast largely with Chinese actors, it was shot in English,...
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30

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Yim's film is kneecapped by its soundtrack twice over.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Can never rise above the melodrama of a past era, despite a splendid, impassioned portrayal by Willem Dafoe and an affecting one by Luo Yan.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Wesley Morris
This version is a well-meant but corny distillation -- a whole lot of bombast and phony exaltation in the name of entertaining enrichment.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It's loaded with -- scenery-chewing melodrama, cornball pidgin dialogue and syrupy music.
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20

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
The backdrop of exotic pagodas and wartime woe isn't nearly potent enough to buoy the feeble drama that plays out in the foreground.
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Rated R | For Sexuality, War Images