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Farewell My Concubine (1993)

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

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Qi Lü ...
Master Guan
Da Ying ...
Manager
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Han Lei ...
Xiao Si (adult)
Di Tong ...
Zhang the Eunuch
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Mingwei Ma ...
Douzi as a Child
Hailong Zhao ...
Shitou as a Teenager
Yang Fei ...
Shitou as a Child
Dan Li ...
Laizi / Peking Opera schoolboy
Yongchao Yang ...
Laizi as a Child
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

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

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15 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$5,216,888
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, Leslie Leung could hardly speak mandarin Chinese, let alone a genuine Beijing accent(as every actor speaks in this film). His voice is dubbed by native Beijing actor Yang Lixin (uncredited). 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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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1993 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Farewell My Concubine Suite (Part II)
Composed by Jiping Zhao
© 1993 Varese Sarabande
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A powerful film (and I do not give that out lightly)
16 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this movie more times than I can count and I cry every time. I first saw it in the theater in 1993 and I was rooting for it to win Best Foreign Film Oscar, but it lost to the far inferior Belle Epoque (Spain). As to the person who wrote that this film made Cheng Dieyi seem like he was made to be gay because of abuse, I think you need to take another look. To my mind, Dieyi seemed to be infatuated with Shitzou as soon as he got there. However you look at it, this is a film that has great performances all around. I especially loved Leslie Cheung as the adult Cheng Dieyi (requiem eternem Leslie, 1956-2003), not to mention Gong Li. An excellent film, but be forewarned: it's almost three hours long. 10/10


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