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The three sisters married the most important historical figures – Sun Yat Sen, Chiang Kai Shek and K'ung Hsiang Hsi – in the founding of the Republic of China, making their family the focal point of every major decision made in modern Chinese history, Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(台灣)
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: May 1, 1997
  • Duration: 2 hr. 25 min.
  • Score: 7.3 (scored by 24 users)
  • Ranked: #56436
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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The Butterfly
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Aug 14, 2021
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Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 1.5
The Soong Sisters told the story of three of the most important women at the beginning of the Chinese Republic. As the tag line said, “One loved money, one loved power, and one loved her country.”

Michelle Yeoh’s sister married a wealthy banker. Maggie Cheung’s sister married the revolutionary and ultimately leader of the Nationalist party, Sun Yat Sen. Later she was an integral part of the communist party. Vivian Wu’s sister married Chiang Kai Shek who would take over the Nationalist party after Sun’s death and later she would become the First Lady of Taiwan. And that’s about the extent of my knowledge on this subject.

I take all historical movies with a grain of salt, everyone has their own agenda or message they want to get across. I’m even more skeptical when governmental censoring is always lurking in the background. Someone else with more knowledge about Chinese history will have to judge the accuracy of the historical aspects of the story.

Purely as a work of art, The Soong Sisters was lovely to look at. The cinematography, sets, and costumes were lush. The OST gave the right amount of mood to the scenes that took place across several decades. Plus, I'm always happy when a film is F rated, Mabel Cheung was the director.

The actresses all gave strong performances. Wu Hsing Guo was quite charismatic as the mercurial leader, Chiang Kai Shek as well.

Where the movie faltered for me was that the sisters were rather thinly drawn. Ostensibly a movie about three powerful women, two who were the wealthiest in China at one point, the other a communist icon, should have fully developed the complex characters and given these talented actresses something to sink their teeth into.

Maggie’s Soong Ching Ling was the only sister who came across as three dimensional as she worked with the communist party to maintain the integrity of her husband’s legacy. Michelle’s Soon Ai Ling had the smallest role of the sisters. The tag line indicated she loved money, but there wasn’t much evidence of that. Vivian’s Soong Mai Ling seemed more like an infatuated school girl for most of the movie, finally developing a backbone in the last quarter of the story.

It felt like the three women were ignominiously dropped from era to era and place to place. Much of the time I wasn’t sure where or when the story was taking place. Their father’s story would have been fascinating to see made into a movie, but by devoting so much time to him and the women as children we missed out on the real meat of the story. His presence did loom over them as he had wanted a new China. Was his dream all that motivated them? What were they thinking? What kind of relationships did they have with these powerful men? Two of the them never had children, did that cause any conflict in their relationships? Extreme hardships were glossed over. The film did touch on the political conflicts between Chiang Kai Shek and Soong Ching Ling, he was bitterly opposed to the communist party and she had given up on the Nationalist Party when he took over and ordered purges. I can't even imagine how strained those family dinners were when they got together.

With all the wealth, power, egos, and rivalries, there should have been more depth to the characters and story. The Soong Sisters was a beautiful pool of water to look at, unfortunately these still waters didn’t run very deep.




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Chia6
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Nov 18, 2022
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Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.5
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Such a touching revolution true story

4 strong and famous actress in one movie. The movie started up slow but it eventually capture your attention , and you can’t get your eyes off the screen about 2/3 in. I have never been to China, but as a Chinese, father told me lots of Chinese history. From different dynasty to many political leaders. Not sure how true this movie portrait Chiang. The movie make him look really bad like shooting animal, stole the big Emperess diamond put on his wife shoes, and weak like a weam at the last airplane scene. My Chinese friends said they learned about the 3 sisters story in high school. I am a little Suprise that the Soong family were Christian, they were quite wealthy. It seems like they were ok. I thought Communism against religion believe.

Long story short. War is sad. Innocent people die, so many people die in any war. The worst is people fight against their own country men and women.

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  • Movie: The Soong Sisters
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Release Date: May 1, 1997
  • Duration: 2 hr. 25 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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  • Score: 7.3 (scored by 24 users)
  • Ranked: #56436
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 60

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