One of the best films of all time and one of Leslie's best perfomances. The beginning is rather slow but it only makes the rest of the movie more intense. It's amazing in terms of costumes, settings, acting, style, and everything else. The film manages to give a deeper insight to the changes in China during the 20th century while still giving an indepth portrait of two Peking Opera singers.
Una danza lunga tre ore, fatta di colori sgargianti, una fotografia preziosa ed una regia eccelsa. Summa massima del cinema esteta cinese, il film mostra con grazia l'importanza del curare l'immagine oltre che la narrativa, che comunque non ha nulla da invidiare alla parte visiva. Una delle più brillanti perle della sfarzosissima collana del cinema asiatico.
More about the atrocities committed throughout the end of Old Society in China and the takeover of communism, less about Opera Culture. The subject matter is important, there are few films that delve into the details of this era that have more or less been forgotten by cinema. Overall, I was underwhelmed. I actually felt physically uncomfortable by how overdramatic it was, it was too long and became boring.
4.5 Definitely a movie made for the big screen. The small screen reduces the movie to more basic plot, without the sensual experience of the lush, sumptuous details. It's hard to watch this film knowing that Leslie Cheung, the actor who played Dieyi, committed suicide in 2003. Life imitating art? Art imitating life? Perhaps a bit of both.