Thursday, August 06, 2009

Farewell My Concubine

Cheng Deiyi (Leslie Cheung) and Duan Xialou (Fengyi Zhang) are inseparable since they are thrown together as apprentices at the Beijing Opera in the 1920s. As they grow older and closer, fame follows them as they rise to the top of the opera world. It is when courtesan Juxian (Li Gong) enters Xialou's life that the first fissures in the friendship appear. The political climate changes over the decades does little to help the intertwined relationships, as the film takes you through fifty years of modern Chinese history. But as always it is the Cultural Revolution that leaves the viewer shaking...

Rating: * * +

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