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The Soong Sisters (1997)

Cast: Winston Chao, Winston Chao, Wu Hsing-Kuo, more...
Director: Mabel Cheung, Mabel Cheung
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Tai Seng
Genre: Foreign, Biopics, Hong Kong
Running Time: 128 min.
Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

"Once upon a time in distant China, there were three sisters. One loved money, one loved power, and one loved her country." So opens this historical, melodramatic chronicle of the influential lives of three daughters from one of pre-Communist China's wealthiest families. Two of the Soong sisters married important figures in 20th-century Chinese history. Soong Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Chinese Republic while her sister May-ling married Sun's successor, the famed Chian Kai-shek. The oldest daughter Ai-ling married industrialist H.H. Kung, a wealthy and powerful man who eventually became Hong Kong's finance minister. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

China, First half of the 20th Century by talltale June 17, 2004 - 2:11 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is one fascinating movie. Skybrian's review is pretty accurate, though I suspect THE SOONG SISTERS bears more than "a slight resemblance to history." It fills in a lot of blanks from my own recall, at least, but it does so in a manner that's all "movie" (that is, telescoping events into an easy-to-understand-and-therefore-simplified string of happenings). But this doesn't mean it's wrong. Sophisticated moviegoers will probably be able to sift the material to separate chaff from wheat. And they'll also discover a movie that's as epic as our own "Gone With the Wind" but, since it's newer, offering a more modern, ironic "take" on history, love, family and economics. The three actresses are aces all, the men are not far behind, and the director does a nice job of weaving her themes throughout. At film's end one character wonders "What if...?" and is told that you never ask this of history. Maybe not, but this terrific movie can take an interested American to another time and culture, while offering some pertinent food for thought about a China that might have incorporated Communism, say, in the manner that the French have managed. "What if," indeed? Whoops: sorry, history.

fast forward through history by skybrian September 9, 2003 - 1:15 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Lots of excellent scenery, great photography, well acted, and highly dramatic (sometimes a bit cheeseball). The problem is it's all big scenes - hardly have you met the characters before they're married off or attacked or on their deathbed or something. Bears some slight resemblance to history.

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