Friday, August 17, 2007

Movie Review: Woman Sesame Oil Maker

This 1993 Mandarin film with English subtitles depicts a woman who builds a successful business but who still has to balance taking care of her mentally handicap son and drunk husband. Xiang, a woman who is about 35 years runs a very small sesame seed oil company. She and her children process the oil by hand. Her fortunes change drastically when a female Japanese investor decides to export the oil. This movie depicts a strong, self-sufficient business woman who is still trapped by excessive family responsibilities and her culture.

I found this movie at my local library or you can find it on

This film was directed by Chinese director Xie Fei. It won "Best Actress" at the Chicago International Film Festival and a "Golden Bear" at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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