HONGFEN (1995)

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  • RED POWDER Alternative
  • PAINTED WOMEN Alternative
  • HONG FEN Alternative
  • BLUSH Alternative


Emotional film on the friendship between two women who love the same man. Qiuyi and Xiao'e are friends, both working as prostitutes in a bordello, known as the Red Happiness Inn. In 1940 the Communists close the brothels and they have to find a new way of living. Qiuyi escapes the medical inspections and rehabilitation and goes to live with her favourite customer, Lao. She becomes pregnant and leaves him instead of telling him. Ending up in a Buddhists nunnery she suffers a painful miscarriage. Xiao'e meanwhile works in a silk factory, meets Lao and they have an affair. Xiao'e gets pregnant, too, and she marries Lao.

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