Mei Lanfang (Forever Enthralled) (2008)
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Chen Kaige is one of my favorite directors and this film even has some resemblance at times to my favorite Kaige film, "Life on a String". "Forever Enthralled" did not, however, enthrall me. It's beautifully filmed, of course, with some excellent performances and lovely opera performances, but it's basically a "hit the highlights" bio-pic.
Not so interesting in either the story or the narrative. Ironically, Mei Lanfang, the protagonist, is the obscurest character designed among all; & Leon Lai, who plays Mei, once again is the weakest link in the cast, especially being surrounded by such wonderful cast from the contemporary Chinese Cinema for most of the time.
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