Jasmine Women
Original Title: 茉莉花开
Directed by: Hou Yong
Written by: Hou Yong, Zhang Xian, Su Tong (Novel)
Cinematography: Yao Xiaofeng
Music by: Su Cong
Country: China
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Duration: 130 min
Release Dates: 15 June 2004 (Shanghai Film Festival), 23 Oct. 2004 (Tokyo Film Festival), 26 April 2006 (China)
Filming Dates: 7 March 2003 – July 2003
Filming Locations: Shanghai, China

Jasmine Women follows a family whose female members from three different generations all experience frustration in marriage, as if the family is cursed. In the 1930s, Mo, brought up by her single mother, develops a romance with the studio manager and is dumped after she gets pregnant. She blames her daughter Li for all her miseries. In the 1960s, Li can no longer put up with her mother Mo and marries a construction worker. Being impotent, Li adopts a child from the orphan named Hua. In the 1980s, Li suspects that her husband has an incestuous affair with Hua. Her husband commits suicide and Li becomes schizophrenic. Hua’s marriage is no better than her mother’s or grandmother’s – her husband finds a mistress and she decides to divorce him although she has already conceived his child


Zhang Ziyi
Mo / Li / Hua

Joan Chen
Mo / Li

Jiang Wen
Mr. Meng

Lu Yi
Xia Du

Liu Ye
Zou Jie

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♦ The director wanted one actress to play the three principal characters. He Wanted the best actress in China. In 2003, He believed that Ziyi was enough mature for the role.
♦ The film supposed to be release in chinese theaters in 2004, but due to conflict of interest among rights owners, it was not released until 2006.
♦ The film is based on Su Tong’s book Life of Women. The first two parts with Mo and Li are basically shot based on the book. The last part with Hua has been changed a lot and the ending is much more brighter than in the book.

Awards and Nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Result
2004 Shanghai Film Festival Golden Goblet Yong Hou Nominated
Special Jury Award Yong Hou Won
2004 Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
Best Art Direction Min Zong-Si Nominated
Best Music Cong Su Nominated
Best Sound Ling Wu Nominated
2004 Huabiao Film Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
2005 Chinese Film Media Awards Best Supporting Actress Joan Chen Nominated