Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine)
Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine) (1993)

Until Farewell, My Concubine (Ba Wang Bie Ji), not many people were aware that most members of the Peking Opera were originally orphans or illegitimate castaways with nowhere else to turn. Such is the case of the film's protagonists,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Chen Kaing's epic is grand in scope and presentation, and, bolstered by solid performances, the result is a film both horrifying and enthralling.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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David Ansen
Newsweek

Chen's remarkable movie uses an unusual love triangle to telescope more than 50 years of tumultuous Chinese history.

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Phillipa Bloom
Empire Magazine

With stunning set pieces and the dramatic backdrop of the revolution, Kaige captures perfectly the relationship between the two boys.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is entertaining filmmaking on a grand scale.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Appropriately operatic, Chen's visually spectacular epic is sumptuous in every respect. Intelligent, enthralling, rhapsodic.

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Film4

Gong Li is superb and Cheng Kaige's direction suitably grandiose.

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Derek Elley
Variety

Seductively lensed but emotionally uninvolving.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

One of those very rare film spectacles that deliver just about everything the ads are likely to promise.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

the drama is cheesy, simplistic and too stodgy in its presentation to really hold up to its historic framing and epic sweep

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Heartbreaking.
Lanning : )
What does it take to become a star? <p> Wow! 92% of Flixsters and 88% of "critics" liked this one. Okay, I just have to preface this with two… More
Apeneck Fletcher
The story of China joining the modern age seen through the lives of two principal performers of the Beijing Opera. Cruel, majestic, courageous, sweeping, and… More
Luke Baldock
A wonderful sprawling epic that perfectly captures it's time period. Although it deals with some very important and deep political issues it is essentially… More
Jim Hunter
This sprawling epic depicts the friendship of two Chinese opera stars amidst the tumultuous Twentieth Century history of China. What a grand film with beautiful… More
Candy Rose
Brilliant movie.