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Feng yue (1996)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 5, 1996
DVD Release Date
 R1: Oct 13, 2003

MPAA Rating
Rated R for some intense images of sexuality and opium use.

Running Time
2 hours, 10 minutes

Country China, Hong Kong

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Other Titles
• Feng yue
• Temptress Moon (1996)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Drugs, Erotic, Period Piece, Experimental, Gangsters

Tagline: A seductive new film so provocative it was banned in its own country.

Plot: A lush, lyrical parable about the modernization of China, TEMPTRESS MOON is the story of Zhongliang (Leslie Cheung), a Shanghai gangster raised on the sumptuous rural estate of the powerful, opium-addled Pang family. As a boy, Zhongliang, promised the life of a student, becomes instead a servant for his sister and her drug-addicted husband and a playmate for Ruyi (Gong Li), the female heir to the Pang dynasty. A permanent outsider, Zhongliang escapes the painful decadence of the Pang household and becomes a smooth-talking mobster, seducing women in the jazz-saturated clubs of 1920s Shanghai, but he is forced to face his past when hired to seduce and abduct Ruyi in a criminal attempt to gain control over the now vulnerable Pang estate. What begins as a routine seduction becomes more complicated when Zhongliang finds himself unable to escape his true feelings for Ruyi and crippling memories of his painful childhood. Cinematographer Christopher Doyle revels in the eclectic visual spectacle of a tradition-bound China cracking and hatching its version of the jazz age. Li and Cheung turn in inspired performances, their palpable onscreen chemistry igniting director Chen Kaige's magnificently detailed historical epic.

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 Directed by
Kaige Chen
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 Written by
Kaige Chen
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Kei Shu
Lao niang gou sao
Leslie Cheung
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Li Gong
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Caifei He
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 Music By
Jiping Zhao
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