Farewell My Concubine

Directed by Kaige Chen
Film Movement Classics
170 Minutes
China, Hong Kong
Drama, Classics, Music, Romance, Asian
Asian Studies, China, Film Studies, History, Music, Performing Arts
DVD $150.00
Blu-ray $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00

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In 1924, young Cheng Dieyi (Leslie Cheung) begins training at the Beijing Opera House at the same time as Duan Xiaolou (Fengyi Zhang). Cheng specializes in playing female parts, often against Duan's commanding male leads. While pretending to be in love with Duan onstage, Cheng begins to develop actual romantic feelings for his co-star, which are not reciprocated. Over the next 50 years, the two men maintain a complicated friendship as China undergoes turbulent changes. A new 30th anniversary 4K restoration of the original full uncut film.


  • Leslie Cheung
  • Fengyi Zhang
  • Gong Li
  • You Ge
  • Highest Rating
    "One of those very rare film spectacles that deliver just about everything the ads are likely to promise. "Farewell My Concubine" ... is a vastly entertaining movie. It's also one of such recognizably serious concerns that you can sink into it with pleasure and count it a cultural achievement. CRITIC'S PICK! "
    Vincent Canby, The New York Times
  • Highest Rating
    "This is entertaining filmmaking on a grand scale."
    Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
  • Highest Rating
    "Chen's remarkable movie uses an unusual love triangle to telescope more than 50 years of tumultuous Chinese history."
    David Ansen, Newsweek
  • Highest Rating
    ""Farewell My Concubine" is a demonstration of how a great epic can function. I was generally familiar with the important moments in modern Chinese history, but this film helped me to feel and imagine what it was like to live in the country during those times. This is one of the year's best films."
    Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
  • Highest Rating
    "Appropriately operatic, Chen's visually spectacular epic is sumptuous in every respect. Intelligent, enthralling, rhapsodic."
    Geoff Andrew, Time Out


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