In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.

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During the Cultural Revolution in China in the mid-1960s, a French diplomat falls in love with a singer in the Beijing Opera. Interwoven with allusions to the Puccini opera "Madama Butterfly", a story of love and betrayal unfolds. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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Rated R for sexuality and a brief bloody sequence | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$1,499,795 (USA)
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Trivia

David Cronenberg loved the play so much that when he heard a movie was being made about it, he volunteered immediately to direct it. See more »

Goofs

The word accordion is misspelled "accordian" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Song Liling: Why, in Chinese theater, are women always played by men? Because only men know how women should act.
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Referenced in 8 ½ Women (1999) See more »

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beautiful, moving, compelling
22 February 1999 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – See all my reviews

This is David Cronenburg's best, based on a true story as bizarre and compelling as his other bizarre and compelling stories. John Lone is wondrous and Jeremy Irons is his usual cold, repressed upper class self. Perfect casting for a provocative director filming a moving story of love and loss.


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