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Soong Sisters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Vivian Wu, Winston Chao, Hsing-kuo Wu
  • Directors: Mabel Cheung
  • Writers: Alex Law
  • Producers: Raymond Chow, See-Yuen Ng
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Director's Cut, Dolby, DVD-Video, Import, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019GHF2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,245 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jin GOH on 3 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Stellar performances by the three leading ladies... taught me a few things that my history books didn't mention.

Helps that the dvd is multi-region too!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kauri tree on 15 July 2009
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Brilliant film. Understandably not on UK release but a very good film from a HK point-of-view. May not have the art and tragic story line/s as Lust, Caution, nevertheless excellent! Bit light on the history and facts (a film maybe better for the girls than the guys i.e. heavier on relationships and light on violence. And if you know your history, Soong Sisters is insufficient, such as the political turmoil and bloodshed during this period of Chinese history and vague on the major players (nations and people) in early 20thC China. It has the final affect that, you could argue, for cinema release in China the producers had played it very safe and lacked any intensity, peaks and troughs. A shame. It could have said so much more.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Dose of History Sumptuously Served - with reservations 30 Jun. 2004
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: DVD
THE SOONG SISTERS is a visually stunning recounting of the turns of events that changed China from a land of Dynasties to a nation of multiple personalities: the Nationalist Party, the Revolutionists, and the Communist Party. As such it fills in many bits of political and social history that by and large have gone unnoticed by the West. Charlie Soong (having been educated in America) has three special daughters whom he loves so much that he sends them to America for schooling at Wellesley to prepare for what he envisions as a New China. The daughters return to China as young women, marry men who are destined to become important political leaders, and the changes the resulting schism of a Chinese family parallels the cultural transformation of one of the oldest civilizations on the planet. Director Mabel Cheung has a keen eye for vistas of Oriental splendor, capturing the young girls at play in gardens, marrying in elegantly beautiful ceremonies, joining the 'imported' western culture with the elegance of the Chinese culture in the arts, a fine sense of the seasons (though when it rains in China apparently one cannot hear a normal conversation!), and even the requisite battle scenes that of course must accompany this period of transition (internal battles as well as fighting the invading Japanese army). For the most part she draws vivid performances from Jiang Wan (a true mixture of East and West) as Charlie Soong, Michelle Yeoh, Vivian Wu and Maggie Cheung as the three Soong sisters, and Winston Chao as Sun Yat-Sen and Kuo Chiu Wa as Chiang Kai-Shek, two of their husbands. The drawbacks in this very long movie are the editing (scenes literally bounce off each other in a most distracting non-fusion), sound track (treacly Western sentimentalist gush coupled with the elegance of old Chinese music on ancient instruments), and the lack of passion in the relationships of the people. Perhaps this is her style: perhaps it is a way of avoiding commitment to any one of the political parties addressed. Given these reservations, if you are in the mood for eye candy and the wonder of history, try this film in the comfort of your home.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Stunning non-fiction epic 11 Jun. 2001
By Gengie - Published on
Format: DVD
This stunning non-fiction epic is filled with cinematic splendour. Base on accounts of the social upheavals in various points and eras in Chinese history, it is filled with gorgeous cinematography, great score by Kitaro and great cast. Historically accurate if not, a few minor point may be incorrect, but as a whole, it shows you the big picture.
With some of the best stars there is from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Maggie Cheung, Michelle Khan and Vivian Wu portrayal as the three sister are excellent. But the most powerful in performance are from the men. Jiang Wen (outspoken Charlie Soong) also a favourite actor of mine, Winston Chou (charismatic Sun Yatsen) and Kuo Chiuwu (commanding Chiang Kaishek) are powerful and haunting.
Despite an 18 minute footage cut from the original, still its a great direction from Mabel Cheung. As a loyal fan of great movies from China, in likes of directors Yimou, Kaige, XieFei and HePing, Soong Sisters to me will be one of my personal favourite masterpiece, one of the few from Hong Kong.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent!! 23 Mar. 2001
By "takerukun" - Published on
Format: DVD
This is a excellent movie, without Michelle's back kick. Don't expect any action in this movie. You don't need it. This is a non-fiction story, about three sisters whose married with the three men who impacted greatly onto the modern Chinese history. Very good history lesson, described the confusing time in China througout 2 World Wars. You may want to review basic modern Chinese history before watching this movie. Sometimes it gets confusing. Maggie is fantastic, as well as Michelle. She can act wonderfully without flipping and kicking. This is a MUST SEE movie for Michelle's fun. It will open up your eyes.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very Moving 23 Jan. 2003
By Warren Chu - Published on
Format: DVD
First rate acting and beautifully filmed. Don't believe the garbage that this movie looks cheap.

The Soong sisters played a crucial role in modern Chinese history. Maggie Cheung, Vivian Wu, and Michelle Yeoh portray with deep emotion a close family driven apart by political turmoil.
Winston Chao as Sun Yat-Sen and Kuo Chiu Wu as Chiang Kai-Shek make the movie very convincing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
So much better than I thought it would be 27 Nov. 2012
By Robbi Tideman - Published on
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Only got it because I'm a huge Yeoh fan but hadn't heard of this movie, but I got it anyway and so glad I did. If history classes were this good we would all be better for it.
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