Thank you for responsing to my query. Yes, u r right this movie is "atypical".
I hope u will be glad to know that the actress, Jane March was actually 18 years old when she acted in that movie. She was born in 1973 in England.
Frankly, i m glad that J. J. Annaud took the opportunity to use Marguerite Duras' semiautobiography to depict the relationship betw a Chinese man and an Caucasian woman. Asian men do hv beautiful butts too and are just as sexy and virile as any other.
Check out my review of this movie. Forewarn: It is a little bit long.