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Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Ba wang bie ji (original title)
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director:

Kaige Chen

Writers:

Pik Wah Lee (novel) (as Lillian Lee), Pik Wah Lee (screenplay) (as Lillian Lee) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Cheung ... Cheng Dieyi (segment "Douzi")
Fengyi Zhang ... Duan Xiaolou (segment "Shitou")
Li Gong ... Juxian
Qi Lü Qi Lü ... Master Guan
Da Ying Da Ying ... Manager
You Ge ... Master Yuan
Han Lei Han Lei ... Xiao Si (adult)
Di Tong Di Tong ... Zhang the Eunuch
Zhi Yin ... Douzi as a Teenager
Mingwei Ma Mingwei Ma ... Douzi as a Child
Hailong Zhao Hailong Zhao ... Shitou as a Teenager
Yang Fei Yang Fei ... Shitou as a Child
Dan Li ... Laizi / Peking Opera schoolboy
Yongchao Yang Yongchao Yang ... Laizi as a Child
Fei Huang Fei Huang ... Old Master
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Storyline

"Farewell, My Concubine" is a movie with two parallel, intertwined stories. It is the story of two performers in the Beijing Opera, stage brothers, and the woman who comes between them. At the same time, it attempts to do no less than squeeze the entire political history of China in the twentieth century into a three-hour time-frame. Written by Michael Kim <leda@imsa.edu>

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The passionate story of two lifelong friends and the woman who comes between them.

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Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and strong depiction of thematic material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Lone was offered for role of Cheng Dieyi but dropped out. See more »

Goofs

In the streets on the eve of the Communist takeover (1948), Dieyi and Xiaolou watch the chaos unfold while seen between them in the background is Master Zhang the Eunuch. The next shot reveals Master Zhang sitting across the street from them. See more »

Quotes

Master Yuan: A smile ushers in the spring.
Master Yuan: A tear does darken all the world.
Master Yuan: How truly does this befit you. To you... only you are possessed of such charm.
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Alternate Versions

The version presented in the U.S. is different from the original, longer cut, that was distributed internationally. The following differences exist in the U.S. version:
  • The scene where Duan and Juxian are drinking after their wedding was originally directly after the wedding scene, rather than after the bloodletting at the Yuan-Cheng dinner.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1993 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Farewell My Concubine Suite (Part III)
Composed by Jiping Zhao
© 1993 Varese Sarabande
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User Reviews

 
A very lovely film...
18 May 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The film paints the story of two actors, from their first encounter at school in the Twenties through their success as stars of the Peking Opera, difficulties during the Japanese occupation, the Communist takeover in 1949 and the traumas of the Cultural Revolution in the Sixties…

For the so-called Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, the film touches new ground on two fronts… In the first place, though it does not avoid from acknowledging the sufferings under the old regime, it takes an embittered view of Communist society and of the Cultural Revolution specifically…

The two friends, Xiaolou and Dieyi, adopt a young man, Xiao Si, who becomes one of the Red Guards and quickly informs the political sins of his benefactors…

Second the film is a love story of a rare kind… Dieyi is a homosexual and suffers rejection when Xiaolou begins an affair with Juxian (Gong Li), a gorgeous prostitute… The personal conflict of each character is the heart of this exceptional movie


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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

15 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,408, 17 October 1993

Gross USA:

$5,216,888

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,216,888
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA) (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (flashback sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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