MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,686 this week

Center Stage (1991)
"Ruan Lingyu" (original title)

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 971 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 12 critic

Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


Related News

Haf unveils line-up of 29 projects
| ScreenDaily
Golden Horse unveils line-up
| ScreenDaily
So Young (2013) Movie Review
| Beyond Hollywood

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 26 Aug 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 30 Aug 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 08 Aug 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Center Stage" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Center Stage (1991)

Center Stage (1991) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Center Stage.
9 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hibernatus (1969)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The frozen body of Paul Fournier is discovered in Greenland where he had disappeared during a scientific expedition in 1905. Perfectly conserved he is brought back to life in the 1960s. His... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Louis de Funès, Michael Lonsdale, Claude Gensac
Rouge (1987)
Drama | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Fleur is the blue angel in one of Hong Kong's "flower houses" - bordellos and night clubs of the 1930's. A detached and beautiful performer, she falls in love with Twelfth Master Chan, heir... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, Alex Man
Oscar (1967)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Neurotic businessman must find the right man for his pregnant daughter. In fact, it is little bit complicated.

Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Louis de Funès, Claude Rich, Mario David
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Jun arrives in Hong Kong from mainland China, hoping to be able to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend back home. He meets the streetwise Qiao and they become friends. As friendship ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Chan
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Leon Lai, Eric Tsang
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young student is devastated when he finds that his girlfriend is cheating on him. In order to find out why she did it, he decides to spy on her and her lover.

Director: Eric Rohmer
Stars: Philippe Marlaud, Marie Rivière, Anne-Laure Meury
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In Paris outskirts Blanche, a young clerk, befriends Lea, a girl livelier than she is. Lea is going steady with Fabien who is a friend to Alexandre who is going steady with Adrienne but is ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Rohmer
Stars: Emmanuelle Chaulet, Sophie Renoir, Anne-Laure Meury
The Other (1972)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Down in the farm country of the US twins are born. One of them turns out to be good, while the other becomes rather evil.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky
Fatal Honeymoon (TV Movie 2012)
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Based on a true story, Fatal Honeymoon tells the shocking story and controversy surrounding a newlywed who tragically dies on her dream honeymoon and the subsequent investigation as to ... See full summary »

Director: Nadia Tass
Stars: Billy Miller, Amber Clayton, Gary Sweet
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The US Army is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners of the Comanches to secure their rescue. A cynical and corrupt marshal, Guthrie McCabe, is persuaded by an army... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones
Aegri Somnia (2008)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Edgar is living in the shadow of his wife's sudden death. Haunted by vivid hallucinations and a faceless city threatening to swallow him whole, Edgar's world begins to unravel as his ... See full summary »

Director: James Rewucki
Stars: Tyhr Trubiak, Mel Marginet, Warren Louis Wiltshire
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ryosuke Hinode moves in with relatives the Hinode family, located at Ishibashi Castle in Lake Biwa, as he enters high school. The Hinode family possesses a special power. Tanjuro s the heir... See full summary »

Director: Yutaka Mizuochi
Stars: Masaki Okada, Kyôko Fukada, Dai Watanabe
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After incurring debts from his failed business venture in China, Zong Hua returns to Malaysia after a decade hiatus. The demoralized Zong Hua faces problem finding a job and tries hard to ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Cheung
Stars: Nick Cheung, Annie Liu, Carrie Ng
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ruan Ling-yu and Herself
Han Chin ...
Tang Chi-Shan
...
Tsai Chu-sheng / Himself
...
Lily Li / Herself
Waise Lee ...
Li Min-wei
Li-li Li ...
Herself (as Lily Li)
Lawrence Ng ...
Chang Ta-Min
Cecilia Yip ...
Lin Chu-Chu
Kelvin Wong ...
Nier Erh
San Yip ...
Ms Liu
Paul Chang ...
Boss of Lianhua
Yanyan Chen ...
Herself - Interview
Lingyu Ruan ...
Herself (archive footage)
Daisy Tian Dai ...
Hsiao-Yu (3 years)
Ta-nan Huang
Edit

Storyline

Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

20 February 1992 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Center Stage  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut) | (edited) | (restored DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

With her win for Best Actress at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival, Maggie Cheung became the first Chinese actor to win a major European film award. See more »

Connections

Features Little Toys (1933) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Classic story of patriarchal double standard
26 August 1999 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

A biopic of Chinese silent film actress from the 30's, Ruan Lingyu, with Maggie Cheung as Ruan. This movie tells the sad story of a young woman who is rescued from poverty by show business, and is subsequently destroyed by it. It's a classic story of the patriarchal double standard in which an adulterous woman is punished by society while an adulterous man is not.

Maggie Cheung's performance is quite good. First of all, she pulls off being an actress playing an actress who is very immersed in her work.

Everyone in this movie is exceedingly composed - they speak carefully, and walk perpetually as if on eggshells. No one really comes alive until a scene at a dance hall near the end. But despite all the sugary politeness, Cheung successfully conveys a woman who is being slowly destroyed by her oppressive environment. And there are a couple scenes in which she completely loses it, and it's very affecting to watch.

The movie is very interestingly interspersed with clips from Ruan's movies, documentary footage of Ruan's surviving contemporaries, and the actors' conversations with the director.

The other actors, such as Tony Leung Ka Fai, Carina Lau, and Waise Lee, who are so interesting in other movies, all have little to nothing to do, except to look nice in period costume.

Also interesting is the fact that Carina Lau (who plays fellow actress Lily Li) looks much more like the real Ruan Lingyu than Maggie Cheung does.

Watching this film is a bit like watching a PBS documentary - edifying, educational, but not exactly fun.


12 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does anyone know where I can find this movie? Resette
Does anyone know where I can find this movie? Resette
Discuss Center Stage (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?