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Bawang bie ji Farewell my concubine
Bawang bie ji Farewell my concubine
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA. : Miramax Films ; Burbank, CA. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [1999?]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (172 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 2.0 surround; widescreen presentation preserving the original theatrical aspect ratio 1.85:1.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: R
Miramax classics
Language Note:
In Chinese with optional subtitles in English; closed-captioned.
General Note:
Based on the novel by Lilian Lee.

Originally produced as a Hong Kong motion picture in 1993.

MPAA rating: R for language and strong depiction of thematic material.

Special features: Film recommendations [text feature].
Winner, Prix de la FIPRESCI and Palme d'Or: Chen Kaige, 1993 Cannes Film Festival; Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Film, 1994 Golden Globe Awards.
Opening credits -- From the brothel -- By nature a boy -- Price of fame -- Performing for Zhang -- Determined fate -- Master Yuan -- Special day -- Engaged woman -- Most intimate friends -- To save Ziaolou -- Forget the opera -- Old master -- Show of force -- Cheng's trial -- People's anger -- Modern opera -- Out with the old society -- Betrayal -- Farewell -- End credits.
This tale spans 50 years--from 1925 to 1977--a story at once that of individuals and of the history of China. Two young orphan boys are in the Peking Opera's perfectionist training academy. Eventually, Dieyi is assigned the role of the concubine in the famous traditional opera of the film's title, while Xiaolou will play the king. They are locked into these roles onstage, while their personal relationship somehow survives the upheavals of World War II, the communist takeover of China and the Cultural Revolution. Dieyi is livid when Xiaolou marries Juxian, who spends her life at the mercy of two men whose work together has defined their individual personalities.
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