Farewell, My Concubine

Just finished watching Farewel, My Concubine. Quite an interesting movie (although a bit long) about two friends in the Bejing Opera, from childhood to adult hood and the various dramas therein. One aspect of the movie that I found the most facinating, and what must be a genere in China, is the effects of the Cultural Revolution and communism on China. One of my favorite Chinese movies is To Live, which also starred You Ge and Li Gong. It’s a fantastic drama, also spanning some 40 or 50 years of a man and his family through the social upheaval of China. It’s directed by Yimou Zhang, who is of more recent fame for directing Hero and House of Flying Daggers, both of which I have yet to see.

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