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The Story:
This is a beautiful, sensuous but a controversial semi-autobiographical story about a 15 year old teenage girl who was physically and emotionally abused by her mother and elder brother. She felt unable to control her predicament.
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She sought solace and control through her passionate affair with a wealthy Chinese man (actor Tony Leung) from Cholon. However, the affair is tragic from the very beginning because of the cross-cultural conflicts experienced and endured by the two lovebirds.

There is on one hand, the French social restrictions about relationships with the "inferior" race of Vietnamese and the Chinese. On the other hand, it was about the Chinese tradition of arranged marriages.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   interracial loving! Struggling with whom?    -   Mom If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate Family focus?    -   Yes Family, hating    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful    -   mature    -   sensitive    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen Profession/status:    -   student Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   less bitchy/arrogant    -   blissful    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   nearly 100% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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