Forever Enthralled (2008)
"Mei Lanfang" (original title)

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A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star.



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Credited cast:
Honglei Sun ...
Qiu Rubai
Hong Chen ...
Fu zhifang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masanobu Andô ...
Ryuichi Tanaka
Yanjun Bi ...
Mei Yu-tian
Bin Li ...
Qiu's Mother
Mingchen Li ...
Lao Song
Shengsu Li ...
Yan Huizhu
Jingxi Liu ...
Mei's Grandmother
Jixian Lu ...
Lu Er Ye
Yueming Pan ...
Zhu Huifang
Qian Po ...
Journalist Qian
Xiaoman Shi ...
Ma San
Shi Sanyan


A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star.

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Release Date:

5 December 2008 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Eterno Feitiço  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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China's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language category (2010). See more »


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Performed by Ziyi Zhang, Leon Lai
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It's Not Doing Much Justice
11 January 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

The choice of Zhang's cast is not at all convincing, she is too short and tiny to play an emperor on stage with Lai.

Chinese opera is a lot more demanding artistically and physically compared to the Western one as each cast small or big requires to sing, dance, let alone performing using expressions such as eyes and fingers, and the highly acrobatic moves. Unfortunately, we didn't see much acting of hers in Forever Enthralled.

The actor playing the young Mei is excellent though and odd to be praised though. For films like this perhaps they are better off sticking to proper Chinese opera actors and actresses.

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