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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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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,773,395
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mei was the first artist to spread Beijing Opera to foreign countries, participating in cultural exchanges with Japan, the United States, and other regions. He toured the world, forming friendships with the western contemporaries of his day, including Charlie Chaplin. In 1930 he toured North America, visiting Hollywood, where he was welcomed by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. In 1935, Mei toured Europe, playing to appreciative audiences in Berlin and Moscow. Seeing Mei perform especially impressed the German playwright Bertold Brecht and influenced his concept of the alienation effect. He served as one of the mentors and guardians of the actress Li Yuru as she began her career See more »

Soundtracks

Ni Dong Wo De Ai
Performed by Ziyi Zhang, Leon Lai
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Do not see this film
15 December 2008 | by Victoriah06See all my reviews

This film was infuriating to watch. It boasts a very talented cast alright, but it is a far cry, nay, hardly an echo of FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE. It's almost like the director was trying to COPY snippets of his old self. Given that Farewell is one of my favorite films, I was utterly disappointed in Chen Kaige. He has completely lost his touch. From the hardly notable art direction, costumes, cinematography to foremost, the long and tedious plot which never builds into anything, Chen is a goner. In fact, I would say the fifth generation Chinese film directors are no longer worth watching. They have too much money and access and they are already devoid of stories to tell.

Do not do what countless Chinese are doing, going to the movie just to criticize it. It generates box office money and gives the wrong sort of support to directors who no longer deserve to make films.

I felt sick after 2.5 hours watching this tedious show.


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