China in the 1920s. After her father's death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for his attention and the privileges that are gained. This competition gets out of hand...
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Gong Li (Song Lian), Ma Jing-Wu (Chen Zuo Qian), He Saifei (Mei Shan), Cao Cuifen (Zhuo Yun), Kong Lin (Yan'er), Jin Shu-Yuan (Yu Ru), Chu Xiao (Fei Pu) more..., Ding Wei-Min (Mother Song), Cao Zeng-Yin (Old servant), Cui Zhi-Gang (Dr Gao), Li Baotian (), Xu Wei ()
Su Tong (Novel), Ni Zhen (Writer), Fu-Sheng Chiu (Producer), Hou Hsiao-hsien (Executive Producer), Wenze Zhang (Executive Producer), Naoki Tachikawa (Original Music Composer), Jiping Zhao (Original Music Composer) more..., Zhao Fei (Director of Photography),
ERA International, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Century Communications, Salon Films
The master's palace.