Temptress Moon

Synopsis: Not far from Shanghai, in a country twon stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older brother, Zhengda, is addicted as well, and then paralysed and effectively brain-dead. Zhongliang, Zhengda's brother-in-law, is a successful gigolo in Shanghai who seduces married older women and then blackmails them. When Older Master Pang dies, the clan elders makes Ruyi to take over the role as the head of the household. Zhongliang returns to the Pang family on the death of Old Master Pang, re-encounters Ruyi, and they are secretly attracted to each other. Wanting to seem sophisticated, she succumbs to Zhongliang's attempts to seduce her. But in the emotional maelstrom that follows - for the angry, jealous and sexually frustrated sister (Zhengda's wife) is also part of the picture...
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Kaige Chen
Production: Shanghai Film Studios
  10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

What is opium...

Ruyi, my daughter?

Opium is the source

of all inspiration.




- Produced by:

Tong Cunlin, Hsu Feng

Leslie Cheung, Gong Li

Kevin Lin, He Saifei

Original Story:

Chen Kaige, Wang Anyi

Shu Kei

Director of Photography:

Christopher Doyle


- Art Director:
Huang Qiagui

Sound Recording:
Lai Qizhen

Music by:
Zhao Jiping

Production Supervisor:

Jade Hsu

Assistant Director:

Zhang Jinzhan

Pei Ziaonan

- Directed by:
Chen Kaige


Zhongliang, I live here

with my husband Zhengda.

Brought your school books?

- Yes, sister.

- Zhengda says...

you can prepare his opium

when you're not busy studying.

- My luck is terrible today!


- Nothing but bad hands!


- You're doing quite well,

if you ask me!


- Sixty thousand.

- That does it!

Ruyi! Stop it!

Your father's going

to spank you!

Ruyi! Ruyi!

Ruyi, do as I say!

Do as I say!

Look at her!

Ruyi! Ruyi!

You're not allowed in there!

Elder Qi, it's true,

the Emperor has abdicated.





Duanwu, catch her!

Pang An!

This is an outrage!

A girl in the ancestral hall!

Even if the Emperor has

abdicated! It's unthinkable!


- A girl in the ancestral hall!


Uncle An!

Can Miss Ruyi come out

and play later?

Master doesn't want her

coming out at all.



The Jing family

are all bastards!

How dare they break off

the engagement with Ruyi!

Just because the Emperor

abdicated doesn't mean they can

insult us like this!

They say our young miss

has smoked opium

since she was a baby.

They say she is poison.




We study day and night...

to learn what's wrong and right.

Brother, I'm too heavy for you.

Put me down.




Opium is a wonderful thing.

How can I put it?


How can anyone describe it?

Yes, it is poison.

Just like this arsenic.

But me...

it's made me strong.

No poison could kill me.


Kiss your sister.

Why don't you kiss her?

Come here.

Come on. Kiss sister!

Never mind.

Run along to bed.

Go now.


Give your sister a kiss.

Kiss her!

Go on.

I'll teach you to be a man.



Zhengda wants his opium pipe!


Zhengda's waiting.

Is this the train to Peking?

Is this the train to Peking?



- SHANGHAI, 1920s


- Hmm!

- I've won.

Let me kiss you.


Ladies and gentlemen,

please enjoy your evening.



So, you'd like a kiss?

Would you?

Don't make a sound.

Not one sound.

Now, Mrs. Liu, who's going

to phone your husband?

You or us?

I don't understand!

So, you want me to call?

- Zhongliang!

- Zhongliang is dead!

How much money do you want?

Hey, Mister!

Spare some change?


You called for me?


Do you want me?



You sure there's nothing

I can do for you ladies?



Ancestral Hall

I've gathered you here...

because old master Pang

has passed away.

His eldest son Zhengda should

become the new family head.

But ten years ago, he was

stricken with a sudden illness.

And he has seen no one since.


- Few people knew

of his condition.

But now,

with the old master gone...

it's time to face facts.

Quiet in the hall!

Ask Master Zhengda to enter.

l, Pang An,

kowtow to our ancestors

on Zhengda's behalf.

Zhengda's mind

has been destroyed.

He cannot speak.

He cannot do anything, in fact.

But as long as he's alive,

he is Master...

of the Pang family.

Zhengda is too ill...

to manage family affairs.

Old master also had

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