Farewell My Concubine (Ba wang bie ji) Reviews

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April 4, 2018
This epic work by Chen Kaige becomes the stuff of instant: the creation of a prophet not honored in his own country, and cruelly cut for commercial puposes here in the Land of the Free.
December 7, 2017
For all its spectacle and drama, the film can feel more like tourism than tragedy.
November 12, 2015
Part history lesson, part love story, and part musical, here is a visually and thematically stunning epic from China that you will not forget.
August 12, 2008
With stunning set pieces and the dramatic backdrop of the revolution, Kaige captures perfectly the relationship between the two boys.
August 12, 2008
The scenes in the Peking Opera School, where boys are caned for doing wrong or right, are no less horrifying than the later tableaus of public humiliation at the hands of the Maoists.
August 12, 2008
Gong Li is superb and Cheng Kaige's direction suitably grandiose.
August 12, 2008
This is entertaining filmmaking on a grand scale.
May 21, 2008
Seductively lensed but emotionally uninvolving.
April 7, 2008
Chen's remarkable movie uses an unusual love triangle to telescope more than 50 years of tumultuous Chinese history.
August 21, 2006
the drama is cheesy, simplistic and too stodgy in its presentation to really hold up to its historic framing and epic sweep
August 16, 2006
June 25, 2006
Visually impressive and emotionally complex, this historical epic, winner of the Cannes Festival Palme d'Or, relates the tumultuous history of China through the story of two friends who meet as children and become stars of the Peking Opera.
April 3, 2006
Well-acted but limited because its drama is emotionally uninvolving.
March 22, 2006
Sweeping, self-important and only moderately stirring.
January 26, 2006
Appropriately operatic, Chen's visually spectacular epic is sumptuous in every respect. Intelligent, enthralling, rhapsodic.
June 26, 2005
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