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Forever Enthralled (2008)

Mei Lanfang (original title)
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A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star.

Director:

Kaige Chen

Writers:

Kaige Chen (screenplay), Geling Yan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Leon Lai ... Mei Lanfang
Ziyi Zhang ... Meng Xiaodong
Honglei Sun ... Qiu Rubai
Hong Chen ... Fu zhifang
Mingzhu Ye Mingzhu Ye
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masanobu Andô ... Ryuichi Tanaka
Yanjun Bi Yanjun Bi ... Mei Yu-tian
Bin Li Bin Li ... Qiu's Mother
Mingchen Li Mingchen Li ... Lao Song
Shengsu Li Shengsu Li ... Yan Huizhu
Jingxi Liu Jingxi Liu ... Mei's Grandmother
Jixian Lu Jixian Lu ... Lu Er Ye
Yueming Pan ... Zhu Huifang
Qian Po Qian Po ... Journalist Qian
Xiaoman Shi Xiaoman Shi ... Ma San
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A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star.

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History of China's opera caught up in the political upheaval of change.


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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Eterno Feitiço See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

China's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language category (2010). See more »

Soundtracks

Ni Dong Wo De Ai
Performed by Ziyi Zhang, Leon Lai
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Wonderful
16 September 2016 | by robhaines-1See all my reviews

I am really surprised by some of the negative reviews of this film. In my view this is to thoroughly underrate it. When I watched this on DVD, I did not know that it was directed by the same person who directed Farewell My Concubine (Kaige Chen) also seen on DVD quite a while ago. It is not the same film and it did not strike me as a weak regurgitation of FMC. The plot kept me engaged and it did not feel too long, in fact I would have liked to have known what happened afterwards. It is beautifully staged and the cinematography is excellent. How historically accurate the film is I'm not sure. If you read the Wikipedia article about Mei Lanfang, his love-life was rather more complicated (and productive) than portrayed. The major historical 'facts' I am sure are accurate. The portrayal of personal life, relationships and emotions must inevitably be more conjecture and some aspects have to be simplified. Nevertheless, I loved this film and it way exceeded my expectations. I also love Farewell My Concubine - in my opinion if you love that film you will most likely enjoy this one - though clearly other reviewers disagree!


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