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Peking Opera Blues (1986)

Do ma daan (original title)
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The movie is set in chaotic 1920's China, when warlords fought each other for power while Sun Yat-Sen's underground movement tried to establish a democratic republic. The movie tells the ... See full summary »

Director:

Hark Tsui

Writer:

Raymond To (as To Kwok Wai)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Lin ... Tsao Wan
Sally Yeh ... Pat Neil
Cherie Chung ... Sheung Hung
Mark Cheng ... Ling Pak-Hoi
Kwok Keung Cheung ... Tung Man (as Guoqiang Zhang)
Kenneth Tsang ... General Tsao
Feng Ku ... Commander Liu
Wu Ma ... Mr. Wong
Paul Chun ... Fa Gum-Sao
Po-Chih Leong ... Mr. Kam
Kwok Chi Tsang ... Comander liu's man
Hoi Sang Lee ... Soldier with Moustache
Ha Huang ... General Tun
Yin Szema ... Ms. Choi
Ching Tien ... Sung
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The movie is set in chaotic 1920's China, when warlords fought each other for power while Sun Yat-Sen's underground movement tried to establish a democratic republic. The movie tells the story of three young women and two young men who are thrown together. One young woman grabs a box of jewels during the looting when one warlord takes Peking. A deserting soldier joins her, but the jewels end up at the Peking Opera. Here we meet the daughter of the head of the troupe, who dreams of being an actress. But even female roles are played by men in the opera. Soon, the daughter of the currently ruling warlord and a male agent of the democratic underground are involved. Written by Reid Gagle

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Comedy | Action

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

6 September 1986 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Knife Horse Dawn See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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About 25 minutes in, when Tso-Wan (Brigitte Lin) cranks the Rolls Royce to start it, the sound track has the sound of a starter motor cranking an engine. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK film was cut on its original release by 10 seconds to remove the sight of a man rubbing salt and sand into a woman's back wounds. It was passed uncut in 2005. See more »

Connections

Remade as Nu ren bu huai (2008) See more »

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Hong Kong Slapstick
19 August 2013 | by bibiandersenSee all my reviews

I first saw this film about 10 years ago and loved it for its silly comedy, well choreographed action sequences, and tight plot. I watched this film again the other night and was pleasantly surprised that even though its from the 80s it still holds up. If you're in the mood for some slap stick and action set in an Opera House this one is for you. The costumes are fantastic. Although I am not a fan of the actual operatic arias of Chinese Opera and at times the high pitched tunes can get on my nerves, it is well worth a watch. It does a good job playing with the mistaken identity comedy shtick. It's great to see some women kicking some ass. If you're in the mood for an ace action comedy that was very popular in the 80s (Lethal Weapon,etc) in Hollywood and abroad, enjoy this one.


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