Focus Features | Release Date: September 28, 2007
Summary: Shanghai, 1942. Japan's World War II occupation of this Chinese city continues in force. Mrs. Mak, a woman of sophistication and means, walks into a café, places a phone call, and then sits and waits. She remembers how her story began several years earlier, in China in 1938. She is not in fact Mrs. Mak, but shy Wong Chia Chi. With WWII underway, Wong has been left behind by her father, who has escaped to England. As a freshman at university, she meets fellow student Kuang Yu Min. Kuang has started a drama society to shore up patriotism, As the theater troupe's new leading lady, Wong realizes that she has found her calling, able to move and inspire audiences--and Kuang. He convenes a core group of students to carry out a radical and ambitious plan to assassinate a top Japanese collaborator, Mr. Yee. Each student has a part to play; Wong will be Mrs. Mak, who will gain Yee's trust by befriending his wife and then draw the man into an affair. Wong transforms herself utterly inside and out, and the scenario proceeds as scripted--until an unexpectedly fatal twist spurs her to flee. (Focus Features)
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Runtime: 157 min
Rating: Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality; Rated R for strong sexual content and a scene of brutal violence (edited version).
Production: Focus Features
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Romance, War
Countries: USA, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan
Languages: English, Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese, Cantonese, Shanghainese
Home Release Date: Feb 19, 2008
Director Credit
Ang Lee Director
Writer Credit
Eileen Chang Writer
Hui-Ling Wang Writer
James Schamus Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Joan Chen Yee Tai Tai
Tony Leung Chiu Wai Mr. Yee
Wei Tang Wong Chia Chi/Mak Tai Tai
Cast Credit
Anupam Kher Khalid Saiduddin
Chih-ying Chu Lai Shu Jin
Chung Hua Tou Old Wu
Jie Liu Leung Tai Tai
Johnson Yuen Auyang Ling Wen/Mr. Mak
Kar Lok Chin Tsao
Ko Yu-Luen Liang Jun Sheng
Lee-Hom Wang Kuang Yu Min
Ruhui Song Wang's Aunt
Saifei He Hsiao Tai Tai
Yan Su Ma Tai Tai
Ying-hsien Kao Huang Lei
Producer Credit
Ang Lee Producer
Dai Song Executive Producer
Darren Shaw Executive Producer
David Lee Co-Producer
Doris Tse Co-Producer
Er-Dong Liu Line Producer
James Schamus Executive Producer
Lloyd Chao Associate Producer
William Kong Producer
Zhong-lun Ren Executive Producer