Wednesday, Dec 3rd, 5 pm, Room 9A
“Farewell my Concubine”, 1993
by Chen Kaige
starring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, Gong Li
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.
157 mins, Chinese with English subtitles