Beauty Remains

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2

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  1. JohnN.
    Sep 18, 2007
    8
    In 1949 China, the communist army is advancing. In Qing Dao, 15 years after being abandoned, a poor, illegitimate schoolgirl is pressured by her spoiled older half-sister to help her collect the inheritance after their wealthy father dies. A casino owner-boxing promoter pursues them. Desire, passion, greed and the dilemma of holding on or letting go. Sets, costumes and hairstyles recreate In 1949 China, the communist army is advancing. In Qing Dao, 15 years after being abandoned, a poor, illegitimate schoolgirl is pressured by her spoiled older half-sister to help her collect the inheritance after their wealthy father dies. A casino owner-boxing promoter pursues them. Desire, passion, greed and the dilemma of holding on or letting go. Sets, costumes and hairstyles recreate the era beautifully. Directed by Ann Hu. Zhou Xun is excellent. Expand
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    An unappealing, stiff melodrama.
  2. 30
    The film plays like the work of a fifth-generation Chinese hack faking a lavish Hollywood saga on an indie budget: It's all soft focuses, sax flourishes, and silky slo-mos.
  3. The story seems to be occurring in a China of the imagination, an airless place at once sensually ripe and icily formal. Like “Far From Heaven,” it denies its characters and viewers the ecstatic release they crave.