Center Stage

Directed by Stanley Kwan
Stanley Kwan
Film Movement Classics
1991
126 Minutes
Hong Kong
Cantonese, Mandarin, English
Biography, Drama, Romance
Screening Formats:
Blu-ray, DCP
Theatrical booking
Clemence Taillandier
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Festival and non-theatrical booking
Maxwell Wolkin
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Materials and print traffic
Jimmy Weaver
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Press Inquiries
Michael Krause
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Synopsis

The film is based on a true story: the tragic life of China's first prima donna of the silver screen, Ruan Lingyu. This movie chronicles her rise to fame as a movie actress in Shanghai during the 1930s. Nicknamed the "Chinese Garbo," Ruan Lingyu began her acting career when she was 16 years old and committed suicide at age 24.

The film alternates between present scenes (production talks between director Kwan, Cheung, and co-star Carina Lau, interviews of witnesses who knew Ruan), re-creation scenes with Cheung (as Ruan, acting inside this movie), and extracts from Ruan's original films including her final two films The Goddess and New Women.

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