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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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"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

Jackie Chan was originally offered the role of Duan Xiaolou due to his own childhood experience of training in the Peking Opera. But he turned it down, fearing that the film, which deals with themes of homosexuality, might tarnish his image. See more »

Goofs

In the streets on the eve of the Communist takeover (1948), Dieyi and Xiaolou watch the chaos unfold while seen between them in the background is Master Zhang the Eunuch. The next shot reveals Master Zhang sitting across the street from them. 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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Bygone Love
Composed by Jiping Zhao
© 1993 Varese Sarabande
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One of the grandest epics of our time...
22 March 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

A masterpiece in every sense of the word, Chen Kaige's breath-stealing parable of China's multi-layered political revolution, is centred on two men. Chen presents us with an absorbing story of a 52 year-old relationship between two opera actors mounted upon an impossibly large canvas. But without sacrificing any intricate plot development or smudging over any delicate complexity in the relationship.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest epics of all time, this film rightly established Chen's reputation as one of the most brilliant narrative and artistic directors of our time, along with other such contemporary auteurs as Kieslowski, Bertolucci and Kurosawa.

You can not call yourself a film-buff if you haven't seen this movie. And film-students: you can witness the true art of filmmaking and story telling through the skilled hands of Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine.


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