The story of China joining the modern age seen through the lives of two principal performers of the Beijing Opera. Cruel, majestic, courageous, sweeping, and glorious, this is not to be missed. Of course, the singing can only be an acquired taste, but this is still about the st...
Until Farewell, My Concubine (Ba Wang Bie Ji), not many people were aware that most members of the Peking Opera were originally orphans or illegitimate castaways with nowhere else to turn. Such is the... read more
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
Stats: 841 reviews
Flixster Reviews (841)
January 15, 2013
July 14, 2012
This sprawling epic depicts the friendship of two Chinese opera stars amidst the tumultuous Twentieth Century history of China.
What a grand film with beautiful art direction and cinematography to match. But the real highlights are the the two stars, Leslie Cheung and Fengyi Zha...
January 25, 2010
What does it take to become a star?
Wow! 92% of Flixsters and 88% of "critics" liked this one. Okay, I just have to preface this with two statements:
You all know how much I like Gong Li, right? She's the bomb!
And no, Walter, I did NOT add this to our little list...
July 29, 2009
A wonderful sprawling epic that perfectly captures it's time period. Although it deals with some very important and deep political issues it is essentially a tale of two friends. The film starts with the men as children and we see their friendship grow as they deal with their rou...
July 14, 2007
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The gang is all here! Li Gong! Leslie Cheung and Fengyi Zhang and not one of the bigger directors in the chair. Nonetheless Kaige Chen does a fabulous job of getting the most out of relationships with his actors.
August 14, 2008
Introspective epic,culminating pictures,aspect supported by the marks of the great Leslie Cheung (and of Li Gong's stealing-the-show performances), the political backdrop along with the luxurious art direction.
October 4, 2007
I found this movie to be very well written and directed. I had different ideas on what this movie was going to be about, and it threw me way off. But it's a unique tale of the story, with amazing performances by both the young boy actors to the adult men that portray these charac...
April 10, 2007
Loved this film! First watched it when I was a teen.
March 11, 2012
This movie didn't work for me at all. I guess it's a cultural difference thing; I couldn't stand the Chinese opera scenes, and they are pivotal to the movie. The voices of the men playing women is like nails on a chalkboard; I couldn't stand it. It doesn't help that the rest of t...
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