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The Phantom Lover (1995)

Ye ban ge sheng (original title)
In 1930's China, an opera troupe arrives at an abandoned theater, haunted by the spectral figure of it's previous owner - a once great opera singer - who now seeks to turn the company's young leading men into a great star like himself.


Ronny Yu


Roy Szeto, Raymond Pak-Ming Wong (as Pak-Ming Wong) | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Leslie Cheung ... Song Danping
Chien-Lien Wu ... Yun Yan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xiaolin Geng Xiaolin Geng
Lei Huang ... Wei Qing
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ... (as Philip Kwok)
Lin Liu ... Lan Di
Tianchi Liu Tianchi Liu
Fong Pau ... Zhao
Roy Szeto Roy Szeto ... Zhao Jum
Bing Wang Bing Wang
Ruoli Wang Ruoli Wang
Lan Xie Lan Xie
Yan Xie Yan Xie ... Troupe performer
Liwen Yu Liwen Yu ... Agent in 1926
Yankai Yu ... Master Zhao's henchman


In 1936 China, a nearly bankrupt drama troupe starts performing in a burned-out theater where the great actor Song Danping was killed. One of the actors, Wei Qing, starts seeing strange apparitions that could revive his troupe and deliver him to the same fate as Song Danping. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Drama | Music | Romance


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Did You Know?


This epic Leslie Cheung vehicle is one of the most elaborate and expensive Hong Kong-Mainland co-productions for its time. The time-tested material was adapted from classic horror-mystery writer Szema Wei-Bang's Chinese interpretation of "The Phantom of the Opera". Curiously "Phantom Lover" is the fourth screen remake of this classic tragedy/love story with a screen lineage dating back to the early days of pre-World War II Shanghai film studios. In modern Hong Kong cinema, the last telling of 'Ye ban ge sheng' prior to Ronny Yu's version was produced over 30 years ago by none other than Sir Run Run Shaw in his lavish black and white widescreen adaptation in "The Mid-nightmare" starring Golden Age screen idols Betty Loh-Ti (Love Eterne) and Chao Lei (Kingdom & The Beauty) in the lead roles. That version was released in two parts in 1962 and 1963 respectively. See more »


Remake of Song at Midnight (1935) See more »


Song at Midnight
Lyrics by Yu-Sing Mok
Music & Performed by Leslie Cheung
Arranged by Chris Babida
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The songs are the good part of this movie. Other than that...
11 August 2000 | by jj-149See all my reviews

the acting is not convincing. The plot, the set, the indoor lighting, everything looks artificial. It's a mixture of romeo and juliet with phantom of the opera only without the real touch. What a pity that there are not as many good movies made in Hong Kong anymore.

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Hong Kong | Singapore


Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

22 July 1995 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom Lover See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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