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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 17 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A powerful film (and I do not give that out lightly) See more (76 total) »

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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Veronica Mars (2014)See more »

FAQ

Was Cheng Dieyi Gay?
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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A powerful film (and I do not give that out lightly), 16 August 2003
Author: SilencioDrive from Schenectady, NY

I've seen this movie more times than I can count and I cry every time. I first saw it in the theater in 1993 and I was rooting for it to win Best Foreign Film Oscar, but it lost to the far inferior Belle Epoque (Spain). As to the person who wrote that this film made Cheng Dieyi seem like he was made to be gay because of abuse, I think you need to take another look. To my mind, Dieyi seemed to be infatuated with Shitzou as soon as he got there. However you look at it, this is a film that has great performances all around. I especially loved Leslie Cheung as the adult Cheng Dieyi (requiem eternem Leslie, 1956-2003), not to mention Gong Li. An excellent film, but be forewarned: it's almost three hours long. 10/10

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