Farewell My Concubine(Movie, 1993)

Original title: "霸王别姬" (Chinese (Mandarin)/ZH)
| 2h 51min | Genre: Drama
Farewell My ConcubineRating: 4.0/5 (with 149149 votes)
Farewell My Concubine is a 1993 Chinese historical drama film directed by Chen Kaige, starring Leslie Cheung, Gong Li, and Zhang Fengyi. Adapted for the screen by Lu Wei based on the novel by Lilian Lee, the film is set in a politically tumultuous China during the 20th century, from the early days of the Republic of China to the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. It chronicles the troubled relationships between two Peking opera actors and lifelong friends Cheng Dieyi (Cheung) and Duan Xiaolou (Zhang), and Xiaolou's wife Juxian (Gong). The movie is about confusion of identity and blurred lines between real life and the stage, portrayed by the revered opera actor Dieyi, whose unrequited love for Xiaolou persists through the movie. Scholar Ying notes that in order "[t]o attract the international audience, Chinese history and Peking Opera are drawn close while homosexuality, individual perversities and moral dilemmas are transposed... ()
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Awards & Nominations for Farewell My Concubine

Palme d'Or Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

About Farewell My Concubine

Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian, Doutzi becomes jealous, the beginnings of the acting duo's explosive breakup and tragic fall take root.

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Additional Information

Production countries: People's Republic of China, Hong Kong
Plays in: Beijing
Original language: Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Spoken languages: Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Translated into 19 languages: German (DE), Greek (EL), English (EN), Spanish (ES), Finnish (FI), French (FR), Hungarian (HU), Italian (IT), Japanese (JA), Korean (KO), Dutch (NL), Polish (PL), Portuguese (PT), Romanian (RO), Russian (RU), Swedish (SV), Turkish (TR), Ukrainian (UK), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Released
Release date US: 09/16/1993 (World premiere: 10/26/1993)
Cast: Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, Gong Li, Ge You, Ying Da, David Wu, Jiang Wenli
Director: Chen Kaige
Producer: Hsu Feng
Screenwriter: Lilian Lee, Lu Wei
Film Editor: Pei Xiaonan
Director of Photography: Gu Changwei
Composer: Zhao Jiping
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
"Ba wang bie ji"
"Farewell to My Concubine"
"Addio mia concubina"

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