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In this final film by Oscar(r)-nominated producer Ismail Merchant (1994, Best Picture, Remains of the Day), and Oscar(r)-nominee James Ivory (1993, Best Director, Howards End), 1930s Shanghai provides the backdrop for this exceptional drama starring two-time Oscar(r)-nominee Ralph Fiennes (1997, Best Actor, The English Patient; 1994, Best Supporting Actor, Schindler's List) as Todd Jackson, a diplomat blinded in a bombing. An encounter with Sophia (Natasha Richardson, Maid in Manhattan), an exiled Countess employed as a bar girl, inspires him to open his own club, but only if she will work for him. Sophia's in-laws (two-time Oscar(r)-nominee Lynn Redgrave) and Sarah (Academy Award(r) winner Vanessa Redgrave), greedily pocket her income, but denounce her as a bad influence on her daughter. When Japanese troops invade the city, a mass exodus ensues! Alone and afraid, Sophia clings to the only hope left to her - finding her missing daughter!
A moving story of the loss of status and of the desperation that follows for a refugee Russian family in China once again threatened by war, this time with Japan. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Coastal Jim
When I first saw this picture I just thought it was ho-hum. But then I saw it again on cable and it really blew me away. Is Fiennes the greatest living actor? Read morePublished 2 months ago by shrinkwrap
Good movie - interesting characters. Ralph Fiennes outstanding, as usual. Natasha Richardson beautiful. I enjoyed the movie very much.Published 4 months ago by Lee LaBrie
This might well be the worst movie that this fine stable of actors has ever made. Other than the sets and the costumes and the wonderful cast, this movie doesn't have much going... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Renaissancelady46