Ralph Fiennes is Jackson, a former American diplomat living in1930s Shanghai. After losing his wife and son in an explosion that also left him blind, his loneliness has lead him to live amidst the corrupt underbelly of the city where he dreams of opening an elegant bar. As the threat of Japanese invasion looms he meets Russian refugee Sofia (Natasha Richardson), forced into prostitution to support her family, and inevitably they fall in love. Also stars Richardson's real-life mother and aunt, Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave. Directed by James Ivory whose long-time partner, producer Ismail Merchant, died the year it was made.
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