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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 & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A lavish, opulent, and intense film; bring your lunch See more (77 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 ... Deiyi's Mother

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
Harvey Weinstein .... editor: U.S Theatrical Release
 
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 | 155 min (theatrical version) (USA)
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Color:
Black and White (flashback sequence) | Color
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Trivia:
Miramax Filmsmogul "Harvey Weinstein" purchased the distribution rights and removed ten minutes. This is the version seen in U.S. theaters (and also in the U.K.) According to Peter Biskind's book, "Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film", Louis Malle, who was president of the Cannes jury that year, said: "The film was admired so much in Cannes is not the film seen in this country (referring to the U.S.), which is twenty minutes shorter - but seems longer because it doesn't make any sense. It was better before those guys made cuts." The uncut version of the film was released on DVD by Miramax and Disney, and is the original 171-minute version.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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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A lavish, opulent, and intense film; bring your lunch, 1 January 2000
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

As far as story and content goes this owes more than a little to The Last Emperor (1987), which is not surprising since Director Kaige Chen was a member of the cast of that film and no doubt was influenced by its success. But stylistically, and especially as the film was directed and cut, "Farewell, My Concubine" is original and stands alone. If The Last Emperor was a Western movie about the Chinese political experience in the Twentieth Century, then Farewell, My Concubine is a Chinese movie, influenced by the West, about that same experience. While the former focused on the emperor and those around him, "Farewell..." focuses on two actors of the Beijing opera. Admittedly, "Farewell..." is long (I saw the 157-minute version) and sometimes strays from it intent, but gains and maintains power and keeps our interest mainly because everything is presented in a starkly-lit, intensely focused manner. The epic-like story itself is good if a little pedestrian at times. The lavish and stunning sets in opulent color and design, are just fascinating to view. Everything from the extras in the crowds to the porcelain for tea is carefully chosen and presented. Particularly striking are the traditional costumes and makeup, shown to advantage through the fine camera work. But what makes the film is the glimpse we get of the world of the Beijing opera and its traditions. From the Dickensian boy's school for the actors to the intrigues with patrons and the political powers that be, there's the sense of a world beyond our experience. The acting was also excellent. The beautiful Gong Li, who played Duan's wife was captivating as she displayed a wide range of emotion. Leslie Cheung as Dieyi, "the concubine," and Fengyi Zhang as Duan, "the king," were also excellent. The boys who played the actors as children, especially the actor who played Douzi, were first rate.

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