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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:
Beautiful, captivating movie... 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

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 | 155 min (theatrical version) (USA)
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Color:
Black and White (some scenes) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Veronica Mars (2014)See more »

FAQ

Was Cheng Dieyi Gay?
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, captivating movie..., 12 January 2004
Author: The Hopping Woman (clowns_n_cookies) from The cookie jar (with clowns...)

'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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