Center Stage

1992, Drama, 1h 58m

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International superstar Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love) embodies tragic screen siren Ruan Lingyu, known as the "Greta Garbo of China," in this unconventional biopic by Hong Kong New Wave master Stanley Kwan (Rouge). Praised for her moving and emotive onscreen presence, Ruan's private life, which was frequent fodder for the vicious Shanghai tabloids, began to mirror the melodramas which brought her fame, culminating in her suicide at age 24. Kwan and Cheung paint a kaleidoscopic yet intimate portrait of the ill-fated actress, deftly blending lush period drama, archival footage, and metatextual documentary sequences of Cheung reflecting on Ruan's legacy. The result is, much like the films of Ruan Lingyu themselves, "tender, vivid and almost overwhelmingly moving" (Time Out).

Cast & Crew

Maggie Cheung
Ruan Ling-yu
Tony Ka Fai Leung
Tsai Chu-sheng
Han Chin
Tang Chi-Shan
Waise Lee
Li Min-wei
Lawrence Ng
Chang Ta-Min
Cecilia Yip
Lin Chu-Chu
Peggy Chiao
Screenwriter
Huang Jin Chen
Original Music
Hang-Sang Poon
Cinematographer
Lai Pan
Production Design
Sai-Wan Lau
Art Director
Lai Pan
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