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Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Ba wang bie ji (original title)
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Qi Lü ...
Master Guan
Da Ying ...
Manager
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Han Lei ...
Xiao Si (adult)
Di Tong ...
Zhang the Eunuch
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Douzi as a Teenager
Mingwei Ma ...
Douzi as a Child
Hailong Zhao ...
Shitou as a Teenager
Yang Fei ...
Shitou as a Child
Dan Li ...
Laizi / Peking Opera schoolboy
Yongchao Yang ...
Laizi as a Child
Fei Huang ...
Old Master
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Storyline

"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 by Michael Kim <leda@imsa.edu>

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The passionate story of two lifelong friends and the woman who comes between them.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language and strong depiction of thematic material | See all certifications »

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15 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$5,216,888 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When Douzi is first examined by the owner of the opera troupe, his extra finger is on his right hand below the thumb. When he withdraws the hand from the opera troupe owner, he pulls back his left arm. When his mother cuts the extra finger off a few moments later, it is now on his left hand, next to his pinkie. See more »

Quotes

Master Yuan: A smile ushers in the spring.
Master Yuan: A tear does darken all the world.
Master Yuan: How truly does this befit you. To you... only you are possessed of such charm.
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Can't Understand
Composed by Jiping Zhao© 1993 Varese Sarabande
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User Reviews

Beautiful, captivating movie...
12 January 2004 | by (The cookie jar (with clowns...)) – See all my reviews

'Farewell My Concubine' is, in a word, excellent.

Though often portrayed as haunting and disturbing, it's also quite touching at times... attributed largely to the outstanding emotional performances by the film's lead cast. Hands down, Chen Kaige has directed one of the most beautiful films involving the fall of the great Imperial China... and subsequently... the friendship of two of China's greatest leading opera performers.

Leslie Cheung's role as Cheng Dieyi, the tormented 'concubine' of the story, is absolutely astounding, and is probably one of his greatest performances to date. Fengyi Zhang plays well opposite Cheung, and Gong Li is fantastic as always. The production sets are superb, as are the costumes and cinematography.

Definitely a must see for all fans of foreign cinema, and certainly worthwhile for all newcomers.

10 out of 10


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