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A Soul Haunted by Painting
A Soul Haunted by Painting
Actors: Gong Li, Fang Cen, Shichang Da, Er Dongsheng, Zunxia Gao
Director: Shuqin Huang
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2004     2hr 10min

The mesmerizing Gong Li stars in this true story of a Chinese painter, Pan Yuliang (Gong Li), whose work was celebrated in Paris yet rejected at home. At fifteen years old, she was sold into prostitution. Her life changes ...  more »

     
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Actors: Gong Li, Fang Cen, Shichang Da, Er Dongsheng, Zunxia Gao
Director: Shuqin Huang
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: Knight
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/15/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 10min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Lesser Known , but no less Laudable
Vernell Garrett | 07/25/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

""A Soul Haunted by Painting" starring the incomparable Gong Li is one of her lesser publicized efforts, but no less commendable performances as the chinese painter, Pan Yuliang, whose work was largely rejected in China due to its nude content, but adored in Paris, where she ultimately studies and resides. The film follows the arc of her tortured existence, from being sold into prostitution as a teen, to her life as a minor wife of a Chinese Diplomat, to ultimately being posthumously regarded as one of the greatest painters of Chinese descent.

The detractions however, are not with this film, but with the quality of this DVD's release, which almost seems to be a copy, of a copy, of a print. Perhaps in some ways not even Gong Li's wonderful career and performance can save Pan Yuliang from what appears to be a continuos disregard, and minimalizing of her abilities and significance. The puzzling quality of this release in this day and age, is most assuredly no mistake."