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This movie is too Chinese to win any international awards.
If you don't know anything about China and mei lanfang, I am sure that this movie is a little too hard to understand. After all, not every Chinese likes the Beijing opera. Just like many westerns are fascinated by the European royal families, many Asians don't really care about them at all. So it is the cultural thing.
Over all, this is a good movie, but it is a little too long. Of course, it is hard to tell a life story of a person for such a short time.
Shi Sanyan is really amazing. I felt as if he was indeed born in that time. It is also probably because I have never seen him on the screen before, so his performance was very fresh and authentic. Most of the supporting roles are very well performed. My mother thinks that the younger version of mei lanfang was better than the older version. The older version looks too stiff. I sort of agree with her.
I am writing this comment because there are only nine comments before me. After all, this is a good movie, it deserves for more comments.
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