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Forever Enthralled (2008) More at IMDbPro »Mei Lanfang (original title)

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Forever Enthralled -- Since his Farewell Concubine (1993 Palme d'Or winner), Director Chen Kaige
once again presents the audiences with an enchanting film which tells the
love, passion and loneliness of the legendary Peking opera singer, Mei
Lanfang.
Forever Enthralled -- Since his Farewell Concubine (1993 Palme d'Or winner), Director Chen Kaige
once again presents the audiences with an enchanting film which tells the
love, passion and loneliness of the legendary Peking opera singer, Mei
Lanfang.
Forever Enthralled -- Since his Farewell Concubine (1993 Palme d'Or winner), Director Chen Kaige
once again presents the audiences with an enchanting film which tells the
love, passion and loneliness of the legendary Peking opera singer, Mei
Lanfang.

Overview

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Director:
Writers:
Kaige Chen (screenplay)
Geling Yan (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
5 December 2008 (China) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
History of China's opera caught up in the political upheaval of change.
Plot:
A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
13 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It's Not Doing Much Justice See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Leon Lai ... Mei Lanfang

Ziyi Zhang ... Meng Xiaodong

Honglei Sun ... Qiu Rubai
Chen Hong ... Fu zhifang (as Hong Chen)
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

Xueqi Wang ... Shi Sanyan
Gang Wu ... Fei Er Ye

Zhi Yin ... Wang Weichen
Da Ying ... Feng Zi-guang
Shaoqun Yu ... Young Mei Lanfang
Xiaotong Yu ... Little Mei Lanfang
Shaohua Zhang ... Song Ma

Directed by
Kaige Chen 
 
Writing credits
Kaige Chen (screenplay)

Geling Yan (screenplay) and
Kuo-Fu Chen (screenplay)

Produced by
Jiayi Du .... producer
Sanping Han .... producer
Dennis Wu .... executive producer
Albert Yeung .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jiping Zhao 
 
Cinematography by
Xiaoshi Zhao 
 
Film Editing by
Ying Zhou 
 
Production Design by
William Chang 
 
Costume Design by
Tongxun Chen 
 
Makeup Department
Huarong Mei .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Chuanli Feng .... production manager
Ang Li .... production manager
Dongming Su .... production manager
Jie Wei .... production manager
Xiaoping Zhang .... production manager
 
Art Department
Baojiu Mei .... artistic advisor
 
Sound Department
Danrong Wang .... sound
Nan Zhao .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Robert Luo .... technical director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jing Liu .... assistant costume designer
 
Other crew
Bin Huang .... marketing executive
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mei Lanfang" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
Germany:147 min (Berlin International Film Festival)
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Trivia:
China's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language category (2010).See more »
Soundtrack:
Ni Dong Wo De AiSee more »

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3 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
It's Not Doing Much Justice, 11 January 2009
Author: questonia from Hong Kong

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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