Farewell my concubine

Farewell my concubine

DVD - 1993 - 2001 | Chinese
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Story that spans more than 50 years in the lives of two male actors at the Peking Opera, friends since childhood, and of the woman who comes between them. Covers the period of Chinese history from the warlord era through the Cultural Revolution.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Miramax Films in association with Maverick Picture Company and Tomson (HK) Films Co., [between 1993 and 2001]
ISBN: 9780788816109
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (172 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in


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Jul 14, 2019

Crafty, poetic and delicate movie. Relatively long yet captivating with fine attention to details.

Jul 18, 2018

Using the tumultuous friendship between two stage performers to illustrate fifty years of Chinese history, Kaige Chen’s sweeping epic is as intimate as it is grand. Filled with lush widescreen images awash in reds and gold against the cacophonous bang and clash of Chinese Opera, Chen’s love for the art of cinema (as well as an abiding sympathy for the suffering of artists) is evident in every frame. Running just under three hours his masterful film unfolds with a composed patience, each scene imbued with layers of meaning whether it be a brainwashed mob shouting revolutionary rhetoric or an abandoned pair of silk slippers softly underscoring a greater tragedy. Deeply human and overtly political (which is probably why it didn’t receive the Oscar it rightfully deserved) Chen’s masterpiece is a sterling example of cinema’s ability to transport and transform.

Mar 21, 2017

This is a Chinese historical drama directed by Chen Kaige.
It is a compelling tale of two lifelong friends unexpectedlly caught in a passionate love triangle with the woman who comes between both of them.
In the background, the film explores the effect of China's political turmoil during the mid-20th century on the lives of individuals, families, and groups.
With vivid, shocking and provocative imagery throughout, it is an amazing and heart-wrenching drama of love and betrayal.

Mar 08, 2017

absolutely extraordinary, even epic, operatic in its reach and in its splendid operatic achievements, a glorious paean to Chinese opera and its inspirational legacy

Mar 07, 2017

Beautiful classic filmmaking ~ 420


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