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覇王别姬 [videorecording] = Farewell, my concubine / Bawang bie ji [videorecording] = Farewell my concubine /
Miramax Films ; in association with Maverick Picture Company and 湯臣(香港) 有限公司 ; 編劇李碧華, 盧葦 ; 出品人, 徐楓 ; 導演, 陳凯歌. An Alliance Films release ; Miramax Films ; in association with Maverick Picture Company and Tomson (Hong Kong) Films Co., Ltd. ; screenplay by Lilian Lee & Lu Wei ; producer, Hsu Feng ; directed by Chen Kaige.
Montréal : Alliance Vivafilm, 2012.
1 videodisc (171 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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Montréal : Alliance Vivafilm, 2012.
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Opening credits -- From the brothel -- By nature a boy -- Price of fame -- Performing for Zhang -- Determined fate -- Master Yuan -- Special day -- Engaged woman -- Most intimate friends -- To save Ziaolou -- Forget the opera -- Old master -- Show of force -- Cheng's trial -- People's anger -- Modern opera -- Out with the old society -- Betrayal -- Farewell -- End credits.
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Director of cinematography, Gu Changwei ; editor, Pei Xiaonan ; music by Zhao Jiping ; production design Yang Yuhe, Yang Zhanjia ; art direction, Chen Huaikai.
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Based on the novel by Lilian Lee.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and strong depiction of thematic material.
Originally produced as a Hong Kong motion picture in 1993.
Special features: Film recommendations [text feature].
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 film's 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.
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In Chinese or French with English subtitles.
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DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 2.0 surround; widescreen 1.78:1.

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