The Soong Sisters

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The Soong Sisters (DVD) Hong Kong Movie
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The Soong Sisters

The Soong Sisters

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  • Title : The Soong Sisters / 宋家皇朝
  • Running time: Appx. 128 minutes
  • Distributor : Golden Harvest
  • Date of airing / In cinema : 1997
  • Listing date : 15 Mar 2012
  • Disc Qty : 1 pcs
  • Weight : 150(g)

  • Directed by
  • Mabel Cheung
  • Cast by
  • Maggie Cheung , Michelle Yeoh , Vivian Wu , Winston Chao , Wu Hsing kuo , Elaine Jin , Jiang Wen
  • Synopsis
  • The story begins with the childhood of the three sisters who grew up during the fall of China's last dynasty around the time of the Xinhai Revolution. Their father Charlie Soong (Jiang Wen) demonstrated the wealth and prestige of the family with one of the most successful printing business. The Soong sisters later went abroad to college at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia in the United States. Early on, Sun Yat-sen (Winston Chao) was a wanted criminal under the weakening Qing government. Soong Ching-ling (Maggie Cheung) first married Sun Yat-sen, the upcoming father of new China and leader of the Kuomintang Nationalist party. The marriage went ahead despite the girls' father Charlie Soong strongly opposing the idea. Sun Yat-sen did not long survive, and left Ching-ling with his dying wish of Chinese reunification. Sun's main military commander Chiang Kai-shek became the new KMT leader and political powerhouse. He married Soong May-ling (Vivian Wu); both opposed the Communist Party of China. The widowed Ching-ling often fought with the family, saying that the KMT killed CPC members, making it impossible for China to reunite. The Imperial Japanese army advanced into China in the midst of the Chinese civil war to take advantage of the situation. Soong Ai-ling (Michelle Yeoh) married H. H. Kung who was mentioned in the film, but was mostly used as a financial advisor. She demonstrated her wealth when she paid everyone in the town who owned automobiles to create a man-made runway to land an airplane in a storm.

    The film reveals the turmoil, troubles and division China was experiencing through the life of the three daughters. Most notably, the film showed the major role the sisters played in shaping and ultimately changing the course of history with their husbands. A lot of questions were raised such as "What if Sun Yat-sen had not died at such a critical time". Other questions include "What if the KMT had dealt with the Japanese instead of the Communist Party first".

    The film ended with actual footage of the Nationalist party retreating the Republic to Taiwan and a quick glimpse of Mao Zedong starting the new Communist era in the mainland as People's Republic of China in 1949.

    Golden Horse Awards[2][3]

    Won the best art direction (Eddie Ma)
    Won the best original score (Kitarō & Randy Miller)
    Won the best sound effects (Zeng Jing-xiang)

    [edit] 1998

    Hong Kong Film Award

    Won the best actress (Maggie Cheung)
    Won the best supporting actor (Jiang Wen)
    Won the best art direction (Eddie Ma)
    Won the best cinematography (Arthur Wong)
    Won the best original score (Kitarō & Randy Miller)
    Won the best costume & make up design (Emi Wada)
    Won the best sound effects (Zeng Jing-xiang

  • Synopsis
  • The story begins with the childhood of the three sisters who grew up during the fall of China's last dynasty around the time of the Xinhai Revolution. Their father Charlie Soong (Jiang Wen) demonstrated the wealth and prestige of the family with one of the most successful printing business. The Soong sisters later went abroad to college at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia in the United States. Early on, Sun Yat-sen (Winston Chao) was a wanted criminal under the weakening Qing government. Soong Ching-ling (Maggie Cheung) first married Sun Yat-sen, the upcoming father of new China and leader of the Kuomintang Nationalist party. The marriage went ahead despite the girls' father Charlie Soong strongly opposing the idea. Sun Yat-sen did not long survive, and left Ching-ling with his dying wish of Chinese reunification. Sun's main military commander Chiang Kai-shek became the new KMT leader and political powerhouse. He married Soong May-ling (Vivian Wu); both opposed the Communist Party of China. The widowed Ching-ling often fought with the family, saying that the KMT killed CPC members, making it impossible for China to reunite. The Imperial Japanese army advanced into China in the midst of the Chinese civil war to take advantage of the situation. Soong Ai-ling (Michelle Yeoh) married H. H. Kung who was mentioned in the film, but was mostly used as a financial advisor. She demonstrated her wealth when she paid everyone in the town who owned automobiles to create a man-made runway to land an airplane in a storm.

    The film reveals the turmoil, troubles and division China was experiencing through the life of the three daughters. Most notably, the film showed the major role the sisters played in shaping and ultimately changing the course of history with their husbands. A lot of questions were raised such as "What if Sun Yat-sen had not died at such a critical time". Other questions include "What if the KMT had dealt with the Japanese instead of the Communist Party first".

    The film ended with actual footage of the Nationalist party retreating the Republic to Taiwan and a quick glimpse of Mao Zedong starting the new Communist era in the mainland as People's Republic of China in 1949.

    Golden Horse Awards[2][3]

    Won the best art direction (Eddie Ma)
    Won the best original score (Kitarō & Randy Miller)
    Won the best sound effects (Zeng Jing-xiang)

    [edit] 1998

    Hong Kong Film Award

    Won the best actress (Maggie Cheung)
    Won the best supporting actor (Jiang Wen)
    Won the best art direction (Eddie Ma)
    Won the best cinematography (Arthur Wong)
    Won the best original score (Kitarō & Randy Miller)
    Won the best costume & make up design (Emi Wada)
    Won the best sound effects (Zeng Jing-xiang