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The Worlds of Mei Lanfang (2000)

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The true story of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star; a husband and father whose world-wide fame came from the portrayal of women. His fascinating life was the basis for the feature film FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE.


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Credited cast:
Alan Chow
(archive footage)
(archive footage)
Mei Lanfang
Zedong Mao ...
Himself (archive footage)


A beautiful woman moves demurely, but with a hint of seduction. It's impossible to tell that the beautiful woman we're seeing up on the stage is actually played by a man. THE WORLDS OF MEI LANFANG reveals the life and career of Mei Lanfang -- who became an international sensation for his portrayals of women. Written by Anonymous

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Not a complete documentary
5 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Due to the governmental censorship.

This documentary is best described as a documentary about Mr. Lan-Fang Mei's artistic achievement, but certainly not the biography of Mr. Lan-Fang Mei.

The reason is extremely simple: the Chinese governmental censorship would never allow the political persecution Mr. Lan-Fang Mei suffered in the political movements to be shown because it would create a negative image on the commie regime. This is one price to pay in order to keep the traditional cultural heritage.

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