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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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Genres:

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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crazy and fun
22 April 2003 | by FilmLabRatSee all my reviews

Really enjoyable film in so many ways ... funny, clever, exciting, thrill ride from start to finish. What the plot is or means we may never exactly know [what is that coveted document everyone is willing to die for, anyway? and how is the second general connected to the first?], but we get the basic story idea. Subtitles are such poor translations to make them added humor. I know this doesn't sound like a winner, but trust me - a bonafied "don't miss" feature.


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