The Soong Sisters (1997)

Director
Mabel Cheung

Main cast
Maggie Cheung; Michelle Yeoh; Vivian Wu; Winston Chao; Hsing-kuo Wu

Genres
Drama, Foreign, History, Romance

Description
The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and returned to China. Ai-ling (the oldest) married a wealthy and powerful businessman. Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen, the revolutionary founder of modern China. Mei-ling (the youngest) married Chiang Kai-shek, China's l


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