MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 16,334 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 1,064 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 13 critic

Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu.

Director:

Writers:

, (as Peggy Chiu)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 26 Aug 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 17 Jan 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 24 Jan 2014
 
a list of 47 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 2 weeks 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... 

Green Snake (1993)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two snake spirits become human and learn about love and suffering. A monk discovers his own weaknesses and finds that morality is not as simple as he had thought.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wenzhuo Zhao
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise cabbie cousin takes care of her in the big city

Director: Mabel Cheung
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Cherie Chung, Danny Bak-Keung Chan
The Blue Kite (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

On Dry Well Lane in Beijing in 1953, Chen Shujuan and Lin Shaolong marry. A year later their son, nicknamed Tietou (Iron Head), is born. The Party is everywhere: Mao's photograph, ... See full summary »

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian
Stars: Tian Yi, Wenyao Zhang, Xiaoman Chen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A typical everyday HK movie fan Wing idolizes the beautiful female singer Rose and her producer Sam as the fairy tale couple. By chance she posed as an amateur male singer and moves in with... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Chan, Chi Lee
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Carina Lau, Anita Yuen
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
Stars: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Shufen Xin, Sung Young Chen
Street Angel (1937)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Muzhi Yuan
Stars: Dan Zhao, Heling Wei, Xuan Zhou
Dong fu ren (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Shu Shuen Tong
Stars: Lisa Lu, Roy Chiao, Szu-yun Chen
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A person's life is destined to be shorter than that of a city. Having spent her whole life in Shanghai, Qiyao has her moments of prosperity and her fair share of loneliness. She finally ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan
Stars: Sammi Cheng, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Jun Hu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Chronicles the love life of a man, Zhenbao. He has a steamy fling with the wife of a friend, the saucy and exciting Red Rose. Even though he feels happy with her, he knows he will not end ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan
Stars: Joan Chen, Veronica Yip, Winston Chao
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Based from true story, primarily a conflict between two youth gangs, 14-year-old young boy's girlfriend conflict with the head of the gang for unclear reason, until finally there was a painfully incident.

Director: Edward Yang
Stars: Chen Chang, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two drama companies happened to share one auditorium for rehearsal. Friction was inevitable. One of them played 'Peach Blossom', a comedy in medieval costume. Another played 'Secret Love', ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Lai
Stars: Brigitte Lin, Wei-hui Li, Bao-ming Gu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Chronicles the fortunes of two actresses in pre-revolutionary China, who are separated by money and politics.

Director: Jin Xie
Stars: Fang Xie, Yindi Cao, Nan Deng
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

References Chun can (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:
?