History Film / FarewellMyConcubine

31st Oct '15 2:34:33 PM CarolC
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He was severely under pressure and did mean it, but Dieyi's expression after denouncing Juxian.
19th Aug '15 7:32:43 PM HeraldAlberich
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One of the most important works of the 5th Generation Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige, ''Farewell My Concubine'' is the story of two UsefulNotes/PekingOpera actors (Douzi/Cheng Dieyi and Shitou/Duan Xiaolou) and their [[HoYay tumultuous relationship]] that spans 53 years. The film starts in 1924 Beijing, where Douzi is left (minus a sixth finger) at an opera school [[ParentalAbandonment by his mother]], a prostitute who can no longer afford to keep him at her brothel. Douzi quickly befriends the brash and domineering Shitou, and they spend their childhood [[TrainingFromHell learning the acrobatics, dances, and songs that make up Beijing Opera]]. Shitou learns male roles, and Douzi learns female roles. They both become hugely famous actors, and their trademark performance is the opera Farewell My Concubine, in which Shitou (whose stage name is Duan Xiaolou) plays the King of Chu, and Douzi (whose stage name is Cheng Dieyi) plays his concubine Yu. Through the Nationalist government, [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar the Japanese occupation]], [[RedChina the Communist takeover]], and the CulturalRevolution, Dieyi and Xiaolou's relationship becomes strained, in part due to political pressures, and in part due to Xiaolou never returning Dieyi's affections, and Dieyi's subsequent jealousy when Xiaolou marries a prostitute named Juxian (played by Creator/GongLi).
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One of the most important works of the 5th Generation Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige, ''Farewell My Concubine'' is the story of two UsefulNotes/PekingOpera actors (Douzi/Cheng Dieyi and Shitou/Duan Xiaolou) and their [[HoYay tumultuous relationship]] that spans 53 years. The film starts in 1924 Beijing, where Douzi is left (minus a sixth finger) at an opera school [[ParentalAbandonment by his mother]], a prostitute who can no longer afford to keep him at her brothel. Douzi quickly befriends the brash and domineering Shitou, and they spend their childhood [[TrainingFromHell learning the acrobatics, dances, and songs that make up Beijing Opera]]. Shitou learns male roles, and Douzi learns female roles. They both become hugely famous actors, and their trademark performance is the opera Farewell My Concubine, in which Shitou (whose stage name is Duan Xiaolou) plays the King of Chu, and Douzi (whose stage name is Cheng Dieyi) plays his concubine Yu. Through the Nationalist government, [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar the Japanese occupation]], [[RedChina the Communist takeover]], and the CulturalRevolution, UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution, Dieyi and Xiaolou's relationship becomes strained, in part due to political pressures, and in part due to Xiaolou never returning Dieyi's affections, and Dieyi's subsequent jealousy when Xiaolou marries a prostitute named Juxian (played by Creator/GongLi).

* CulturalRevolution: Ultimately leads to the end of Dieyi and Xiaolou's friendship, [[spoiler: Juxian commits suicide]], and Xiaosi, Dieyi's adopted son, leads the public denunciation of Dieyi and Xiaolou after Dieyi dismisses his ideas for "revolutionary" opera.
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* CulturalRevolution: UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution: Ultimately leads to the end of Dieyi and Xiaolou's friendship, [[spoiler: Juxian commits suicide]], and Xiaosi, Dieyi's adopted son, leads the public denunciation of Dieyi and Xiaolou after Dieyi dismisses his ideas for "revolutionary" opera.

* FeudEpisode: Happens several times (they make up), but the biggest and most permanent one comes after the CulturalRevolution, when Xiaolou and Dieyi [[spoiler: publicly humiliate and betray each other during the struggle session.]]
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* FeudEpisode: Happens several times (they make up), but the biggest and most permanent one comes after the CulturalRevolution, UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution, when Xiaolou and Dieyi [[spoiler: publicly humiliate and betray each other during the struggle session.]]
13th Aug '15 6:34:11 PM dotchan
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* DepravedBiseaxual: The old Eunuch molest both boys and girls.
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* DepravedBiseaxual: DepravedBisexual: The old Eunuch molest both boys and girls.

* TraumaticCongaLine: Douzi/Dieyi's whole life.
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* TraumaticCongaLine: TraumaCongaLine: Douzi/Dieyi's whole life.
2nd Mar '15 8:56:27 PM enderheisenberg
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* DoorstopBaby: Xiaosi, though he suffers DeathByAdaptation.
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* DoorstopBaby: Xiaosi, though he suffers DeathByAdaptation.Xiaosi.
2nd Mar '15 8:28:34 PM enderheisenberg
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Master Yuan who gave Dieyi his sword.

* DepreavedBiseaxual: The old Eunuch molest both boys and girls.
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* DepreavedBiseaxual: DepravedBiseaxual: The old Eunuch molest both boys and girls.

* EnforcedMethodActing: What the troupe master believes in.
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* EnforcedMethodActing: What In-universe, what the troupe master believes in.
2nd Mar '15 8:21:51 PM enderheisenberg
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* DoorstopBaby: Xiaosi.
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* DoorstopBaby: Xiaosi.Xiaosi, though he suffers DeathByAdaptation.

* FaceHeelTurn: Xiao Si.
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* FaceHeelTurn: Xiao Si.Si in the novel.

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* FaceHeelTurn: Xiao Si.GreenEyedMonster: Once Juxian appears, Dieyi is visibly irritated and attacks her non stop.
2nd Mar '15 7:46:41 PM enderheisenberg
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* DepreavedBiseaxual: The old Eunuch molest both boys and girls.
2nd Mar '15 7:18:35 PM enderheisenberg
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Scabby mistakes Dieyi's crying as peeing.
2nd Mar '15 7:16:20 PM enderheisenberg
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* DoorstopBaby: Xiaosi * DrivenToSuicide: Laizi (a student at the opera school), and later, [[spoiler: Juxian and Dieyi]]
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* DoorstopBaby: Xiaosi Xiaosi. * DrivenToSuicide: Laizi Laizi/Scabby (a student at the opera school), and later, [[spoiler: Juxian and Dieyi]]
2nd Mar '15 7:13:17 PM enderheisenberg
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* EnforcedMethodActing: What the troupe master believes in.

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* TraumaticCongaLine: Douzi/Dieyi's whole life.
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