Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Wang Xueqi, Ying Da, Leon Lai, Masanobu Ando, Zhang Ziyi
Director: Chen Kaige
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Perfect companion for `Farawell my concubine`
Ivan Brugiolo | Bellevue, WA | 06/15/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I do not own the DVD, but, I watched it at the Seattle International Film Festival.
The plot is the life of Mei LangFang between the end of the Heavenly Empire, the years of the Republic of China, the Japanese invasion, and, the first years of the Communist regime.
But, more than that, it is the story of people that have helped, influenced and shaped his life and acting in the Beijing Opera. The layer that became his protector, the relentless wife, the graceful Xiaodong, all plot around LangFang, and bring to him facial expression and feelings that his role would not have otherwise had.
I liked the photography (the scenes at the huton with the ladies in white qipiao) and the narrative of the movie.
The sub-tile (a problem that seems to affect DVD owners) were proper to the conversation and the overall development of the movie"