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The Lovers (1994)

Liang zhu (original title)
During the Eastern Jin Dynasty, parents dress a pretty girl like a boy, so she may be educated in a local boarding school. There, she falls in love with a poor, but industrious young man. However, their short love affair ends in disaster.

Director:

Hark Tsui

Writers:

Sharon Hui (as Sa-Long Hui), Sharon Hui | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Nicky Wu ... Liang Shan-po (as Nicky Chi Lung Wu)
Charlie Yeung ... Chu Ying-tai (as Charie Young)
Carrie Ng ... Ying-tai's Mother
Elvis Tsui ... Ying-tai's Father
Shun Lau ... Cheung-Kwai
Xing Sun
Linda Jui-Chi Liu
Ping-Ying Hou
Kuan Kuan
Shen Yuen
Tung-Chuan Cheng Tung-Chuan Cheng ... (as Tung-Chuen Cheng)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Ho ... (as Yun-tung Ho)
Hai-Yung Shen ... Shan-po's Mother
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In 3A.D., during the Eastern Jin Dynasty, parents dress a very pretty, very privileged girl like a boy so she may be educated in a local boarding school. There, she falls in love with a poor, but handsome and industrious young man, but their short love affair ends in disaster. Written by <ssrich@cityu.edu.hk>

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Life is fleeting as a butterfly.

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Best Chinese Movie Ever Made
23 July 2019 | by davfivrSee all my reviews

Made in 1994, so cinematography is unbeatable! No CGI and no reliability on technology. The setting takes place in real historical places.

The music is very profound and epic, it will definitely shake your heart and move you to tears. This is the movie you cannot miss it in your life, it's a must watch. I promise the music and story will stay in your heart forever after watching it.

This story is the Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet. I love the portrayal of Chinese culture. Zhu Yingtai is a tomboy who does not fit in the area of her time. She is force to act gentle and womanly by tying her feet together so she will walk slower. She is sent to school and has to pretend to be a boy. She meets Liang Shanbo, a bosom friend and lifetime lover. The loyalty between the two person touch heaven and earth, and they turn into a pair of butterfly lovers at the end. It's a tragedy but beautiful at the same time.

This is the best version of Butterfly Lovers ever made, all the later versions still look up to this version as reference and copy a few things.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

13 August 1994 (Taiwan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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