The White Countess

Synopsis: Shanghai. 1936. Crossroads of the world and into this city of political intrigue comes Sofia, a Russian Countess who, with the remains of her family, has been left stateless by the Revolution. Forced by her reduced circumstances to support herself and her family as a bar-girl and taxi dancer, Sofia forms a relationship with Jackson, a blind former diplomat who opens an elegant bar; The White Countess. Their curious relationship matures but they are caught up in the fall of the city to the Japanese invaders.
Director(s): James Ivory
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 nominations.
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135 min

I told you to get a new dress.

Yes, I found one,

but the shop is keepnig it for me.

That's what you sand last week.

You look shabby.

Sorry. I'll have it tomorrow for sure.

Remember, I've warned you.

Hey, hey, hey, hey!

Don't you know what time it ns?

Stop the chat!


Hey. You are sitting in wrong place.

I well understand Mr. Robertson's fears.

And he is, of course,

quite right to express them.

I might ask the same questions.

I can only emphasize...

that the problems

concerning our consignments of tea...

are not of great relevance.

Our volume of trade in textiles

remanis by far...

the largest in the Far East...

and we continue to enjoy...


...the special esteem in which we

and our whole history out here are held.


The Japanese always like to posture.

In this case, I don't feel

they really mean anythnig much by nt.

It's just a show of strength.

What we might call samuran bravado.

Oh, Jackson, the very man.

We were just discussnig

the intentions of the Japanese.

Perhaps you'd care to enlighten us.

I'm afraid I've no insights

to offer you whatsoever.

These days I only know what my man

reads to me from the newspaper...

and I try not to have him do that any more

than is strictly necessary.

Well, if you'll excuse me,

I wish you all a pleasant evening.

-Good night.

-Good night.

Thank you, I'll manage. Good evening.

-Pleased to meet--

-Pardon me.

I think it's time

for a tearful parting of the ways...

between Mr. Jackson and the old firm.

We can hardly cast him off just yet, old man.

Not after what happened to him.

I'm all right.

I'd like to go to the little club, please, Liu,

and then on to Del Monte's.

The door is here.

Thank you.

Excuse me.

Excuse me. Excuse me.

-Mr. Jackson.


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Kazuo Ishiguro

Sir Kazuo Ishiguro (born 8 November 1954) is a Nobel Prize-winning British novelist, screenwriter, and short-story writer. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan; his family moved to the UK in 1960 when he was five. Ishiguro graduated from the University of Kent with a bachelor's degree in English and Philosophy in 1978 and gained his master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980. Ishiguro is considered one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and having won the award in 1989, for his novel The Remains of the Day. Ishiguro's 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go, was named by Time as the best novel of the year, and was included in the magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005. Growing up in a Japanese family in the UK was crucial to his writing, as it enabled him, he says, to see things from a different perspective to that of many of his British peers. His seventh novel, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015. In 2017, the Swedish Academy awarded Ishiguro the Nobel Prize in Literature, describing him in its citation as a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world". Ishiguro was knighted in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List. more…

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