“Farewell my concubine” (1993)
Monday, May 12th, 5 pm, Room 9A
Farewell my concubine, 1993, by Chen Kaige, 157 min, colored, Chinese with English subtitles.
Abstract: This tale spans 50 years–from 1925 to 1977–a story at once that of individuals and of the history of China. Two young orphan boys are in the Peking Opera’s perfectionist training academy. Eventually, Dieyi is assigned the role of the concubine in the famous traditional opera of the films title, while Xiaolou will play the king. They are locked into these roles onstage, while their personal relationship somehow survives the upheavals of World War II, the communist takeover of China and the Cultural Revolution. Dieyi is livid when Xiaolou marries Juxian, who spends her life at the mercy of two men whose work together has defined their individual personalities.