FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE Part 2
Farewell My Concubine –The Film <ul><li>Produced in 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Producer: Tomson (HK) Films in association with...
Reflection of the social background <ul><li>The events in the film parallel the play. </li></ul><ul><li>The transition to ...
Chen Kaige (1952~ ) <ul><li>The leading voice among the Fifth Generation filmmakers </li></ul><ul><li>“ One of the leading...
Characteristics of Chen’s Films <ul><li>Work marked by his beautiful landscape shots of China and realistic portrayals of ...
Connection between  Chen’s personal experience and the film <ul><li>Born in Beijing, deep impression of his childhood </li...
Leslie Cheung/Zhang Guorong (1956~2003) <ul><li>Actor and musician from Hong Kong </li></ul><ul><li>Cheung was named  Asia...
Cheng Dieyi in the real life <ul><ul><li>Unhappy childhood: parents divorced when he was quite young </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Other Cast <ul><li>Zhang Fengyi  as  Duan Xiaolou </li></ul><ul><li>Gong Li (Red Sorghum, Ju Dou, Miami Vice)  as Juxian <...
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  1. 1. FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE Part 2
  2. 2. Farewell My Concubine –The Film <ul><li>Produced in 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Producer: Tomson (HK) Films in association with China Film Coproduction Corp/Beijing Film Studio </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the novel by Lilian Lee </li></ul><ul><li>the first Chinese film that won the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival. </li></ul><ul><li>other film awards : </li></ul><ul><li>A Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film </li></ul><ul><li>Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film </li></ul><ul><li>and Best Cinematography . </li></ul><ul><li>Banned in China initially and released </li></ul><ul><li>again after it gained international reputation. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Reflection of the social background <ul><li>The events in the film parallel the play. </li></ul><ul><li>The transition to Han Dynasty rule parallels the transition to the People's Republic of China. </li></ul><ul><li>The Concubine's fatal devotion to her doomed emperor is echoed by Dieyi's devotion to Xiaolou . </li></ul><ul><li>Xiaolou: &quot;I'm just an actor playing an </li></ul><ul><li>emperor. You really are the concubine.&quot; </li></ul>
  4. 4. Chen Kaige (1952~ ) <ul><li>The leading voice among the Fifth Generation filmmakers </li></ul><ul><li>“ One of the leading directors to develop Chinese Cinema and one of the more philosophical artists to reach international acclaim” </li></ul><ul><li>graduated from the Directing Department of the Beijing Film Academy in 1982 </li></ul><ul><li>First Film: Yellow Earth ( Berlin Film Festival Best Film) </li></ul><ul><li>Other Films:The Big Parade, The King of Children, Life on a String, Farewell My Concubine , The Promise(Wu Ji), Mei Lanfang </li></ul>
  5. 5. Characteristics of Chen’s Films <ul><li>Work marked by his beautiful landscape shots of China and realistic portrayals of rural life. </li></ul><ul><li>His mastery for symbolic narratives and film aesthetics serve as a vehicle for social, </li></ul><ul><li>political and nationalist messages </li></ul><ul><li>Always banned in China </li></ul><ul><li>sensitive topics: suicide, gay love, Cultural </li></ul><ul><li>Revolution etc. </li></ul><ul><li>negative depiction of the Communist Party </li></ul>
  6. 6. Connection between Chen’s personal experience and the film <ul><li>Born in Beijing, deep impression of his childhood </li></ul><ul><li>influenced by film at an early age through his father, Chen Huai'ai, also a director </li></ul><ul><li>both a participant in and a victim of the Cultural Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Denounced his own father in public </li></ul><ul><li>Witnessed his mother beaten by the Red Guards </li></ul><ul><li>Burning of valuable collections of books </li></ul><ul><li>Developed concerns about history and identity </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m Cheng Dieyi;Cheng Dieyi is I.” </li></ul><ul><li>A vivid image of the old Beijing and opera students’ lives </li></ul><ul><li>The role played by Master Guan as a traditional “father” of those kids, father-son relationship depicted. </li></ul><ul><li>Description of the Cultural Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Xiaolou and Dieyi denounced each other </li></ul><ul><li>Depicted the harsh torture people received during the revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Burning of opera costumes in the film </li></ul><ul><li>Change of the ending: Dieyi’s suicide – “ Cheng Dieyi had no other choice but to kill himself” </li></ul>Chen’s Life Experience Reflection in the Film
  7. 7. Leslie Cheung/Zhang Guorong (1956~2003) <ul><li>Actor and musician from Hong Kong </li></ul><ul><li>Cheung was named Asian Biggest Superstar by China Central Television, and voted as The Most Favorite Actor in 100 Years of Chinese Cinema in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Released more than 30 music albums </li></ul><ul><li>Acted in over 50 films </li></ul><ul><li>Famous works: Days of Being Wild, Ashes of Time, Temptress Moon (Chen Kaige) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cheng Dieyi in the real life <ul><ul><li>Unhappy childhood: parents divorced when he was quite young </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chose his English name as Leslie as “ the name can be a man's or woman's, it's very unisex ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being bisexual, he had one girlfriend and one boyfriend in his life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>D enied his bisexual orientation for the first half of his career until his stance relaxed considerably after emigrating to Vancouver. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the early 1990s he became one of the few Hong Kong actors who dared to play gay characters onscreen. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committed suicide on 1 April 2003. He left a suicide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>note saying that he had been suffering from depression. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Other Cast <ul><li>Zhang Fengyi as Duan Xiaolou </li></ul><ul><li>Gong Li (Red Sorghum, Ju Dou, Miami Vice) as Juxian </li></ul><ul><li>Ge You as Yuan Si (Mister Yuan) </li></ul>
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