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The Painted Veil

China, 1925. A reserved young doctor falls for an attractive socialite. However, her motives for marrying him prove more pragmatic than passionate, and in Shanghai she takes a lover. As a result, the doctor volunteers to help in a remote village stricken with cholera, where the couple's relationship comes under even greater pressure.

Emotional drama based on the novel by W Somerset Maugham.

Release date:

2 hours

Last on

Last Sunday 00:05

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Role Contributor
Kitty FaneNaomi Watts
Walter FaneEdward Norton
Colonel YuAnthony Wong
WaddingtonToby Jones
Mother SuperiorDiana Rigg
Charlie TownsendLiev Schreiber
Te-MingBin Li
Mr GarstinAlan David
Mrs GarstinMaggie Steed
LeonaZoe Telford
DirectorJohn J Curran
WriterRon Nyswaner
AuthorW Somerset Maugham
ProducerSara Colleton
ProducerJean-Francois Fonlupt
ProducerEdward Norton
ProducerNaomi Watts
ProducerBob Yari
ComposerAlexandre Desplat
Director of photographyStuart Dryburgh

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