《霸王别姬》(英文名Farewell My Concubine)，1993年上映，导演: 陈凯歌，主演: 张国荣、张丰毅、巩俐、葛优、英达。豆瓣评分9.6 。
SilencioDrive : I’ve seen this movie more times than I can count and I cry every time. I first saw it in the theater in 1993 and I was rooting for it to win Best Foreign Film Oscar, but it lost to the far inferior Belle Epoque (Spain). As to the person who wrote that this film made Cheng Dieyi seem like he was made to be gay because of abuse, I think you need to take another look. To my mind, Dieyi seemed to be infatuated with Shitzou as soon as he got there. However you look at it, this is a film that has great performances all around. I especially loved Leslie Cheung as the adult Cheng Dieyi (requiem eternem Leslie, 1956-2003), not to mention Gong Li. An excellent film, but be forewarned: it’s almost three hours long.
Nazi_Fighter_David : The film paints the story of two actors, from their first encounter at school in the Twenties through their success as stars of the Peking Opera, difficulties during the Japanese occupation, the Communist takeover in 1949 and the traumas of the Cultural Revolution in the Sixties
For the so-called Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, the film touches new ground on two fronts
In the first place, though it does not avoid from acknowledging the sufferings under the old regime, it takes an embittered view of Communist society and of the Cultural Revolution specifically
The two friends, Xiaolou and Dieyi, adopt a young man, Xiao Si, who becomes one of the Red Guards and quickly informs the political sins of his benefactors
Second the film is a love story of a rare kind
Dieyi is a homosexual and suffers rejection when Xiaolou begins an affair with Juxian (Gong Li), a gorgeous prostitute
The personal conflict of each character is the heart of this exceptional movie
Bobak! : I finally got a chance to see “Farewell my Concubine.” I’d been anxious to see it since its initial release in 1993. It surprised me in its depth and technical skill.Three points make this film outstanding. The first is the technical skill of the director and the luscious taste of the director of photography. The entire film is a feast for the eyes, taking full advantage of elaborate costumes and exotic locations. The second strength is in the actual storytelling. The plot is a fascinating tragedy, it feels almost Shakespearean. The acting is nothing short of incredible. Some of China’s finest actors demonstrate their ability to carry a story that covers 52 years. Normally, these two strengths alone would be reason enough to see a film, but “Farewell my Concubine” succeeds in satisfying one more category (the bain of any epic): historical accuracy.”Farewell my Concubine” is exceptionally accurate in portraying the monumental changes that were sweeping China at the time. The fi
bluzman : As an WASP American married a lady from Mainland China, I have a great interest in and curiosity about China. My wife’s mother and father actually saw these men perform. I have discussed this movie with many Chinese friends, most of whom saw it before coming to this country. Some of them knew the story from real life as well as the movie. They are quick to point out the accuracy of the story in its detailing of Chinese history from the end of the last dynasty until its end during the Cultural Revolution. They also claim that the major happenings in the movie are real events, not the norm for most of Hollywood’s “real life” stories. One point of conjecture in the movie is the sexually of Dieyi. It is presumed he is/becomes a homosexual. However, from what I have learned about the Peking/BeiJing Opera through reading and discussions, it is more likely that Dieyi was virtually unaware of his own sexuality. As opposed to being a hetero or homosexual, he was asexual in a way like it had
pingvuiini : This is one of my favorite all time films, and I associate it with another of my faves, Remains of the Day. Both films deal with unrealized love over a backdrop of important historical events that directly or indirectly affect the main characters. Both films are extremely well made with lavish color and attention to details. Both offer a sort of built in history lesson for the viewer, and both are adaptations of novels that are in themselves worth reading.Farewell My Concubine has more of an epic sense about it, and has been made even more so with the 170 minute DVD version. Being of Asian descent, I thoroughly enjoyed the additional opera scenes. But, as others have indicated, the singing will probably have an adverse effect to western audiences as the movie progresses. As with any novel adaptation, there are many differences between Lillian Lee’s book and the film. I personally would have liked some things in the film to have stayed closer to the book, but overall, the film definitel
Pooty-T : I have seen this movie only once but it left an indelible impression on both me and my wife. It is a beautiful film with gorgeous photography, invisible direction and fantastic acting. What struck us most about this film was how many levels it had. It was a story about politics, love, life, faith, all rolled into one exceptional package. Yet none of these messages are hammered into you. They just flow over you in well-timed waves. Many of these Chinese movies are so interesting because of their unique perspective. It’s wonderful to immerse yourself in a great film from a different culture. The many points of beauty in this movie are subtle, delicate and drenched in China’s magnificent history. You have to experience it for yourself to understand, and once you do you’ll fall in love with the world of Chinese cinema.
sarahgoh : A masterpiece in every sense of the word, Chen Kaige’s breath-stealing parable of China’s multi-layered political revolution, is centred on two men. Chen presents us with an absorbing story of a 52 year-old relationship between two opera actors mounted upon an impossibly large canvas. But without sacrificing any intricate plot development or smudging over any delicate complexity in the relationship.Considered by many to be one of the greatest epics of all time, this film rightly established Chen’s reputation as one of the most brilliant narrative and artistic directors of our time, along with other such contemporary auteurs as Kieslowski, Bertolucci and Kurosawa.You can not call yourself a film-buff if you haven’t seen this movie. And film-students: you can witness the true art of filmmaking and story telling through the skilled hands of Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine.
clowns_n_cookies : ‘Farewell My Concubine’ is, in a word, excellent.Though often portrayed as haunting and disturbing, it’s also quite touching at times… attributed largely to the outstanding emotional performances by the film’s lead cast. Hands down, Chen Kaige has directed one of the most beautiful films involving the fall of the great Imperial China… and subsequently… the friendship of two of China’s greatest leading opera performers. Leslie Cheung’s role as Cheng Dieyi, the tormented ‘concubine’ of the story, is absolutely astounding, and is probably one of his greatest performances to date. Fengyi Zhang plays well opposite Cheung, and Gong Li is fantastic as always. The production sets are superb, as are the costumes and cinematography. Definitely a must see for all fans of foreign cinema, and certainly worthwhile for all newcomers.10 out of 10
ynotmd : An apt functional definition of art is ‘a stylistic representation of an artist’s views through a given medium.’ A style can take many forms, such as realism or surrealism, but what all styles hold in common is the conveyance of a message. Films like “Farewell my Concubine” are political in nature, expounding a philosophy that “the personal is political .” This movie is a high-style epic drama, which is why some critics call it “whiney ” or “soapy .” Although there are melodramatic elements in the film, it should not be taken at face value, but instead as representational of Chen Kaige’s deep-seated feelings about the status of the Chinese people. What appears to be a story of love and betrayal amongst tumultuous political change is in fact a criticism of the dissociation between Chinese politics and Chinese culture, causing major problems throughout an individual’s life.The dichotomy between culture and politics and the tension therein caused, is shown by three broad elements: Peking
pete-95 : I’ve always boasted that I could make a better film about China, about the Cultural Revolution in particular, until I saw this film. It triggered an out-burst of many of my emotions I hadn’t had since I left China. In the movie, as the events developed, the tragedy, caused by the human feelings : love, hate, jealousy, and guilt under the social unrests, came so naturally to me. It is a movie which should not be missed.
Chrysanthepop : While ‘Ba wang bie ji’ (aka ‘Farewell My Concubine’) has been labelled as a tragic epic what really makes it stand out is its depth and attention to detail at the same time while telling an engaging story. Like Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Ran’ ”Ba wang bie ji’ Kaige Chen’s film is like a tragic poem on canvas. The vivid colours, the emotionally moving opera songs, the vivacious cinematography and luscious visuals all compare the film to a beautiful painting. Lillian Lee’s superb screenplay (adapted from her own book) involves the viewer in Chinese history and the lives of Dieyi and Xiaolou. It beautifully introduces the viewer to the history of Chinese opera and also demonstrates the radical transformation that took place before the emergence of New China.Leslie Cheung gives a magnificent understated performance that is skillfully restrained. Even though his characters displays shades of darkness and malice, there is a humanity that draws immense sympathy from the viewer as one witnesses his li
DeeNine-2 : As far as story and content goes this owes more than a little to The Last Emperor (1987), which is not surprising since Director Kaige Chen was a member of the cast of that film and no doubt was influenced by its success. But stylistically, and especially as the film was directed and cut, “Farewell, My Concubine” is original and stands alone. If The Last Emperor was a Western movie about the Chinese political experience in the Twentieth Century, then Farewell, My Concubine is a Chinese movie, influenced by the West, about that same experience. While the former focused on the emperor and those around him, “Farewell…” focuses on two actors of the Beijing opera. Admittedly, “Farewell…” is long (I saw the 157-minute version) and sometimes strays from it intent, but gains and maintains power and keeps our interest mainly because everything is presented in a starkly-lit, intensely focused manner. The epic-like story itself is good if a little pedestrian at times. The lavis
tedg : Spoilers herein.Opening scenes are seductions, promises. They transport one to the world of the story and establish who you as viewer can expect to be. Done right, they are an art to themselves. This film’s opening is among the best I’ve seen, establishing the world of performance: politics as theater and love as both. It lets you know the perspective is centered on a stylized stage and concerns loss, sexually ambiguous brotherhood and betrayal. All in a couple minutes.And then it unfolds. That unfolding is not wound tightly like the entry; it keeps the play outside the play notion, but epically sprawls. This is clearly a film worth watching, but not all the character/actor combinations are powerful enough to carry the epic scale.There is something that bothers me. China is an old civilization with its own stylized conventions of storytelling. We somewhat see those in what is depicted on stage, but the film uses none of them, instead taking a strongly western stance. The dissonance is
ianjordanjp : This film is set in China from the 1920’s through the so-called Cultural Revolution to the modern day.It is a love story. A young man, a street kid, who befriends another child “surrendered” into a tough training regime. They both become renowned performers: one, a male dancer/acrobat, the other a man who performs female roles. Then the third element, the beautiful woman, enters.This is the story of China itself. Its first steps as an independent nation, its dealings with foreign influences. We understand the horror of the Japanese occupation, the Nationalist betrayal, the coming to power of the CCP and the repressive nature of the Cultural Revolution.It is a story of human triumph. I dare you not to be moved.You will be enriched by this film and all the poorer if you neglect it.9/10
didi-5 : This tale of friends from the opera, impersonators in a hostile and complex world, remains memorable for its sheer scope and honesty, and the acting of the actors involved.’Farewell, My Concubine’ has much to say about Chinese history and culture, about friendship, betrayal, honesty, passion, and the ability to survive. This is the main strength of the film, choosing an unusual topic and then depicting it with no aspect missing. A bigger hit than many expected, this superb piece of world cinema deserves to be seen much more than it is. I’d recommend it unreservedly and look forward to the day when I can view it again.
Danimal-7 : .Everybody loves FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE but me. And I can certainly see why they love it: it is an epic view of the story of China’s 20th century, magnificently shot. All the same, it leaves me cold for much the same reason that another epic, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, did. It is chiefly the story of what happens to the protagonists, not the story of what they do.This is also why, again unlike everybody else, I like the second half of this movie better than the first. The second half has Gong Li in it, who (in addition to making the film more beautiful, as she would any film) is the most dynamic character present, the one who most determinedly takes her destiny in hand. It has the cou
Lynn198956 : Most genuine is the parallel between opera and life. This is not alien to Chinese people but people in other culture are not familiar with this concept. Chinese people deem our life in other way is an opera and everyone has his own role. Tears, laughter, sorrow, anger, despair are the various emotions in the opera and the various experiences in life. Most important this concept is associated with the emptiness of life. Everything would be gone, just like an opera would end somehow. Despite the emptiness opera is so beautiful and stands for the delicacy and refinement of art. In the film Dieyi and Yuan performs their desperate love towards Opera, indicating their pursuit for the true, the good and the beautiful. Dieyi is a pure man pursuing his ideal both in art and in the real world. Yuan is not as perfect. He is a sophisticated speculator, and has struggled for wealth and fame for his whole life. But he is so obsessed with opera for it is perfect beauty. Dieyi is the incarnation of th