In this final film by Oscar - nominated producer Ismail Merchant (1994, Best Picture, "Remains Of The Day"), and Oscar - nominee James Ivory (1993, Best Director, "Howard's End"), 1930's Shanghai provides the backdrop for this exceptional drama starring two-time Oscar - nominee Ralph Fiennes (1997, Best Actor, "The English Patient"; 1994, Best Supporting Actor, "Schindler's List") as Todd Jackson, a diplomat blinded in a bombing. An encounter with Sophia (Natasha Richardson, "Maid In Manhattan"), an exiled Countess employed as a bar girl, inspires him to open his own club, but only if she will work for him. Sophia's in-laws (two-time Oscar(R)-nominee Lynn Redgrave) and Sarah (Academy Award(R) winner Vanessa Redgrave), greedily pocket her income, but denounce her as a bad influence on her daughter. When Japanese troops invade the city, a mass exodus ensues! Alone and afraid, Sophia clings to the only hope left to her finding her missing daughter!
Bonus Featurettes, Making of, Tribute to Ismail Merchant