Exotic film covers 50 years of sexual, social, and political Chinese history wrapped around the story of two male Peking Opera stars. Deposited as boys at the Opera's training school Douzi and Shitou become fast friends in their hermetically sealed world, but their friendship is tested during the chaos of Communism and the cultural revolution. Sumptuous and well-acted, but the sheer length and emotional detachment prove to be drawbacks. Adapted from a novel by Lee, who based the work on a 2000-year-old Chinese opera about an imperial concubine. Filmed on location in Beijing. In Mandarin Chinese with subtitles.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL: http://www.bvhe.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 157 minutes.
Originally from Hong Kong.
British Acad. 1993: Foreign Film; Cannes 1993: Film; Golden Globes 1994: Foreign Film; L.A. Film Critics 1993: Foreign Film; Natl. Bd. of Review 1993: Foreign Film; N.Y. Film Critics 1993: Foreign Film, Support. Actress (Li).
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