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Director:
Writers:
Pik Wah Lee (novel)
Pik Wah Lee (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 October 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The passionate story of two lifelong friends and the woman who comes between them.
Plot:
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Leslie Cheung ... Cheng Dieyi (segment "Douzi")
Fengyi Zhang ... Duan Xiaolou (segment "Shitou")

Li Gong ... Juxian
Qi Lü ... Master Guan
Da Ying ... Manager

You Ge ... Master Yuan
Chun Li ... Xiao Si (in his teens)
Han Lei ... Xiao Si (adult)
Di Tong ... Zhang the Eunuch
Mingwei Ma ... Douzi as a Child
Yang Fei ... Shitou as a Child
Zhi Yin ... Douzi as a Teenager
Hailong Zhao ... Shitou as a Teenager
Dan Li ... Laizi / Peking Opera schoolboy
Wenli Jiang ... Douzi's Mother
Yitong Zhi ... Aoki Saburo
David Wu ... Red Guard

Qing Xu
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Directed by
Kaige Chen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pik Wah Lee  novel (as Lillian Lee)
Pik Wah Lee  screenplay (as Lillian Lee)
Wei Lu  writer

Produced by
Feng Hsu .... producer
Jade Hsu .... executive producer
Pin Hsu .... executive producer
Zhenduo Li .... line producer
Donald Ranvaud .... associate producer
Sun Ying .... line producer
Xia Zhang .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Jiping Zhao 
 
Cinematography by
Changwei Gu 
 
Film Editing by
Xiaonan Pei 
 
Production Design by
Yuhe Yang 
Zhanjia Yang 
 
Art Direction by
Huaikai Chen 
 
Costume Design by
Chen Changmin 
 
Makeup Department
Fan Qingshan .... makeup artist
Guan Rui Xu .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bai Yu .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jin Ping .... assistant director
Bai Yu .... assistant director
Jinting Zhang .... assistant director
Jinzhan Zhang .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Yi Ho .... props
Mingshan Li .... props
Ruixiang Xu .... props
Huo Yan .... props
Huhe Yang .... set dresser
Yulin Yang .... props
Zhanjia Yang .... set dresser
Ming Zhu .... props
 
Sound Department
Jing Tao .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Zhao Faquan .... camera operator
Dong Gang .... Steadicam operator
Baoquan Li .... Steadicam operator
 
Editorial Department
Rob Sciarratta .... video color timer
 
Other crew
Ying Feng .... script supervisor
Linda Jaivin .... subtitler: English
Kei Shu .... distribution manager
Kei Shu .... publicist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ba wang bie ji" - China (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and strong depiction of thematic material
Runtime:
171 min
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Color:
Black and White (some scenes) | Color
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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:
Continuity: 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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Was Cheng Dieyi Gay?
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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Opening and closing scenes, 17 February 2005
Author: mac_alain from Switzerland

quote by tedg: "Opening scenes are seductions, promises. They transport one to the world of the story and establish who you as viewer can expect to be. Done right, they are an art to themselves. This film's opening is among the best I've seen, establishing the world of performance: politics as theater and love as both. It lets you know the perspective is centered on a stylized stage and concerns loss, sexually ambiguous brotherhood and betrayal. All in a couple minutes."

Well put. Also noteworthy is that at the end of the movie the opening scene is being mirrored (the two actors on stage being lit by a spot light), the film thus coming full circle. Quite ingenious.

What is good about the movie is that we (Westerners that is) learn a lot about recent Chinese history, which cannot be a bad thing considering the direction in which China is heading.

Oh, and Leslie Cheung's - may he rest in peace - performance is simply outstanding. But then, the acting is first rate all round.

This is one hell of a movie.

And, off topic, I have once again realised that the problem with sub-titled films is that one misses so much/too much of the actual acting, making it really necessary to view movies twice. Still, (a lot) better than viewing dubbed films though.

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