Three stories, three generations, one family in Shanghai.
Told in three segments spanning three distinct time periods Jasmine Women casts both Zhang and Chen in multiple roles as it tells the stories of three generations of of an all female family and their very poor choices in men. The first segment casts Zhang as A Mo â€“ the only character who recurs through all three segments â€“ with Chen as Aâ€™s mother, while Chen taking over the A Mo role in both the second and third segments with Zhang playing Aâ€™s daughter and granddaughter, respectively.
The strength of Jasmine Women is very obviously the attention to period detail and the recreation of these distinct times. The opening segment, in particular, is gorgeously detailed and beautifully shot, many sequences very strongly reminiscent of the old MGM musicals. This was a vibrant time period lovingly recreated and there are much worse things in the world than looking at Zhang done up in period glam. And while the later two pieces may not be as flashy as the opening salvo they are also recreated with a remarkable attention to detail.
Cast: Ziyi Zhang, Joan Chen, Wen Jiang, Ye Liu,
Directed: Yong Hou
Runtime: 130 Minutes
Also Known As: Mo li hua kai, Blossoming Jasmine, Jasmine Flower
Language: Mandarin, Shanghainese
Subtitles: English, Chinese