Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi directed Princess Yang Kwei Fei. When first we see her, the "princess" (Machiko Kyo) is a mere servant girl. The reigning princess dies, and the emperor chooses the servant as his wife. Jealousy and back-stabbing doom this union from the start. Mizoguchi charactistically explores the plight of women in the face of a repressive, chauvinistic society--in this instance, 8th century China. Princess Yang Kwei Fei was originally released as Yokihi.
bride, China, death, emperor, family, forbidden-love, greed, jealousy, love, prostitute/prostitution, rags-to-riches, romance, servant, star-crossed-lovers
High Artistic Quality