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Farewell My Concubine 2


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