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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:
Qiu Rubai
Chen Hong ...
Fu zhifang (as Hong Chen)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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8 December 2008 | by (China) – See all my reviews

Though I don't have much knowledge in Pekin Opera, this traditional Chinese art is enchanting to us. The first part of this film reminded us of Farewell to My Concubine (a film directed by Chen Kaige decades ago) as it's nearly an imitation of homosexual love. I had to agree with Tracy when she said the "great" director made "Broken Back Mount" again disguised in our traditional art form, a mundane story in a luxurious robe ( a bad metaphor or simile) . The background music is genial, triggering your memory for a film decades ago.Luckily, the appearance of Zhang Ziyi at the middle of the stage, in white robe halts the tune of love between two men. THe two lovers fall into love as planned, a mediocre plot again. But destine or fate or enthusiasm for art or unfair life get them close to each other but separate them later no matter how much gallantry artists show on stage or in life. Although it's featured by super stars, the protagonist fail to distinguish in continuous conflict of paradox, every role seems to have his or her own charm to trigger sympathy from the audience. I want to say Pekin Opera is a traditional art of long and glorious history with a galaxy of artists dedicated to it. Maybe it's true sometimes it is associated with hidden oppression on human emotion and thinking and manifest its extremism in aestheticism in seeming like abnormality of human being or sometimes the Pekin opera singers outdid themselves in rendition of blend of sentiments, however, the tremendous artistic beauty survives the deviation from authentic art.

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