The Painter from Shanghai
In turn-of-the-century China, a young orphan is sold into sexual bondage by her opiate-addicted uncle; a brutal betrayal that might easily have marked the end of a short, tragic story. But for Pan Yuliang it is only the beginning of an extraordinary journey, one that will take her down the muddy waters of the Yangtze River, into the seedy backrooms of “The Hall of Eternal Splendor,” through the raucous glamour of prewar Shanghai and the bohemian splendor of the Parisian art world in the 1920’s. Based on a true story, The Painter from Shanghai follows the remarkable evolution of one of the most provocative artists of the twentieth century, bringing vividly to life the Chinese post-Impressionist Pan Yuliang. Moving with the tide of historical events, The Painter from Shanghai celebrates an astonishing life and a singularly daring painting style – one that led to fame, notoriety, and, ultimately, a devastating choice between Pan’s art and the one great love of her life.