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Farewell My Concubine

Farewell My Concubine
Movie: Farewell My Concubine(1994)[0106332] "Farewell, My Concubine" is a movie with two parallel, intertwined stories. It is the story of two performers in the Beijing Opera, stage brothers, and the woman who comes between them. At the same time, it attempts to do no less than squeeze the entire political history of China in the twentieth century into a three-hour time-frame. Written byMichael Kim <leda@imsa.edu>
Title Farewell My Concubine
Release Date 7 January 1994 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Drama, Music, Romance
Production Companies Tomson Films, Beijing Film Studio, China Film Co-Production Corporation
Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung...
Cheng Dieyi (segment "Dou...
Fengyi Zhang
Fengyi Zhang...
Duan Xiaolou (segment "Sh...
Li Gong
Li Gong...
Juxian...
You Ge
You Ge...
Master Yuan...
Zhi Yin
Zhi Yin...
Douzi as a Teenager...
Dan Li
Dan Li...
Laizi / Pek...

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Nazi_Fighter_David on 18 May 2008
The film paints the story of two actors, from their first encounter at school in the Twenties through their success as stars of the Peking Opera, difficulties during the Japanese occupation, the Communist takeover in 1949 and the traumas of the Cultural Revolution in the Sixties… For the so-called Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, the film touches new ground on two fronts… In the first place, though it does not avoid from acknowledging the sufferings under the old regime, it takes an embittered view of Communist society and of the Cultural Revolution specifically… The two friends, Xiaolou and Dieyi, adopt a young man, Xiao Si, who becomes one of the Red Guards and quickly informs the political sins of his benefactors… Second the film is a love story of a rare kind… Dieyi is a homosexual and suffers rejection when Xiaolou begins an affair with Juxian (Gong Li), a gorgeous prostitute… The personal conflict of each character is the heart of this exceptional movie

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