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1993 Chinese film recounting the life of two Beijing Opera performers
Farewell My Concubine

Farewell My Concubine is a 1993 Chinese drama film directed by Chen Kaige. It is one of the central works of the Fifth Generation movement that brought Chinese film directors to world attention. Similar to other Fifth Generation films like To Live and The Blue Kite, Farewell My Concubine explores the effect of China's political turmoil during the mid-20th century on the lives of individuals, families and groups. In this case, the affected are two male stars in a Beijing opera troupe and the woman who comes between them.

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Farewell My Concubine (1993), 14 Dec 1999
Farewell to My Concubine (2007), 15 Dec 2007


Farewell My Concubine (1993), by Stephen W. Carson
Much more overtly critical of Chinese Communists than 'To Live', this film covers the same time period but from the perspective of two male Peking opera stars. The growing pain and distrust in their friendship mirrors the shattering of Chinese society by the Communists.


1993 Farewell My Concubine - Official Trailer 1 Touchstone Pictures, 20 May 1993
Touchstone Home Video trailer, narrated, with list of awards and reviewers' comments

farewell to my concubine trailer, 1 Jan 1993
With excerpts from the movie, including dialogue

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Farewell My Concubine (film)" as of 7 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.