Farewell My Concubine (Ba wang bie ji) Reviews

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
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.
January 26, 2006
Appropriately operatic, Chen's visually spectacular epic is sumptuous in every respect. Intelligent, enthralling, rhapsodic.
May 20, 2003
One of those very rare film spectacles that deliver just about everything the ads are likely to promise.
January 1, 2000
The film flows with such urgency that all its connections seem logical. And it is filmed with such visual splendor that possible objections are swept aside.
January 1, 2000
Like Cheung's ethereally plaintive voice, the movie is a siren song that's appealing at first, but held too long. It becomes an increasing whine.
January 1, 2000
The director carries us through this early history with impressive sensitivity; he has a beautiful, graceful touch, both with the camera and with his actors.
January 1, 2000
A motion picture experience that few will soon forget after leaving the theater.
January 1, 1993