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October 29th, 2006


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06:21 pm - 霸王别姬
To my Chinese friends on my f-list, have you all seen this movie?  English named "Farewell My Concubine" based on the famous Chinese Opera by 梅兰芳/MeiLanFang, the movie is based in Chinese contemporary historical times and follows the life of two Chinese Opera students from the time they studied the art together all the way to when they became famous performers.  Then the Japanese attacked, followed closely by the Cultural Revolution and their lives got turned upside down.

Through all the chaos, the boy who performs the female role of YuJi in the opera (since back then both male and female roles were performed by males) finds himself actually falling in love with his partner, however his feelings were not reciprocated and his partner ends up marrying a high-class former-prostitute.


In real life, the actor for the boy who performs as YuJi is famous Hong Kong actor Leslie Cheung/张国荣.  Ironically enough, Leslie was homosexual in real life.  This movie came under the spotlight when Leslie committed suicide a few years ago.  I've seen it a few times and own the dvd, and even though usually I don't have much taste for movies revolving around the Chinese contemporary historical era, I found this one strangely alluring. 
 
Yesterday, while surfing through a Chinese mp3 download site, I came across the theme song for 霸王别姬 (the movie), sung by Leslie.  It's a really really good song, and his voice is really soft and gentle, perfect for such a melancholy piece:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/2mh6zg

当爱已成往事
歌手:张国荣

往事不要再提
人生已多风雨
纵然记忆抹不去
爱与恨都还在心里
真的要断了过去
让明天好好继续
你就不要再苦苦追问我的消息

爱情它是个难题
让人目眩神迷
忘了痛或许可以
忘了你却太不容易
你不曾真的离去
你始终在我心里
我对你仍有爱意
我对自己无能为力

因为我仍有梦
依然将你放在我心中
总是容易被往事打动
总是为了你心痛

别留恋岁月中
我无意的柔情万种
不要问我是否再相逢
不要管我是否言不由衷

为何你不懂
只要有爱就有痛
有一天你会知道
人生没有我并不会不同
人生已经太匆匆
我好害怕总是泪眼朦胧
忘了我就没有痛
将往事留在风中

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From:kanata_kara
Date:October 29th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Leslie Cheung, poor guy. He died ironically- he commited suicide b/c his bf cheated on him right? Man, it's been years. I have one of his movies "Happy Together" Him and Tony Leung. I've been meaning to give it up, but don't know anyone who'd like it. Would you want it? I could mail it out to you.
Oh, and I'm downloading that song. Thanks! I missed Chinese songs- Jackie Cheung, Lii Ming, aah.. Liu Te Hua (Andy Lau)..
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 29th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh!! That's a Chinese drama??! I heard about it just today actually on the jdramas community, but just in passing someone mentioned it so I thought it was a j-drama. I'd love to see it if you don't want it anymore =^o^= How much do you want for it??
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From:kanata_kara
Date:October 29th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
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It's a movie that was out years and years ago:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/happy_together.htm

No, you can have it :) I'll mail it to you as an exchange of the BQT dvds. it's in both Mandarin and cantonese and English subtitle as well.
oh, email me your address: haruwodaiteta@yahoo.com
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 29th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
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xDD Nice email >D

Come to think of it, it's kind of ironic Leslie was homosexual and committed suicide, just like his character in the movie BaWangBieJi...hmmm..
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 29th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh I guess I should ask, is it in Mandarin or Cantonese? Cuz I suck and can't understand cantonese D=
From:sweet_gable
Date:October 29th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
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it's mandarin : >
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 29th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh and if you want more Chinese music, might I suggest:
http://mp3.baidu.com/

I get all my Chinese music from there =D
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From:kanata_kara
Date:October 29th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
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ah yeah, baidu.. too bad I can't read Chinese >_>;; but thanks for the suggestion :D
I normally go to that popcorn website.. er..popcornfortwo.com or something.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 29th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh really?? Not even a bit? I thought you're like, fluent in it ^^;;
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From:kanata_kara
Date:October 30th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
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oh i wish T^T I only know how to say a few things from when I took Chinese class years ago >_>; But I'm Chinese songs, movies, tv series freak! Remember The Legend of the White Snake and Green Snake, Return of the Condor Heroes, the Song Go Kong (spelling?) and a bunch more...oh I wish I had a lot of money.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 30th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
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AH!! The Snake one!! Omg that one was sooooooo popular when I was a kid and back in China ^O^ I even bought the DVDs for it when I went back to China in 2005, although I don't have it here so I can't rip it for you ;__; But watching it after all these years it seemed really...O___o like the special effects they used were kinda...blagh DX

I don't know Return of the Condor Heroes, but that Song Go Kong one...is it Sun Wu Kong? Like from Journey to the West? I have Journey to the West too (again, not here ;__;). I love that series so much!!!

Have you heard of YangMenHuJiang? The lead actor is this really famous Hong Kong singer named Su Yiu Peng. I have that series too, if you want to see it, I can burn it and send it along with BQT =^o^=
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From:kanata_kara
Date:October 30th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
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Sun Wu Kong! Yes, the monkey one ;D

Alec Su (Su Yiu Peng) Luv him! Yes, I know Yang Men Hu Jiang.. aw will ya really? I'd love that, I'd love that!! *hugs and kisses* thank you so much! Merry Christmas 2 me! =^__^=
Oh, I'm sending you an email right now..
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 30th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
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Whee~ *goes to read* Yeah I saw the yang series when I was back in China in 2005 and got hooked thanks to all the cuties in there *o* Argh I've got so much Chinese dramas at home, but only 3 or 4 that I brought with me to Uni *regretregret* dammit D=

Most of the ones I have are like...older ones with at least a bit of historical value since my mom bought them for me when I was younger to try and make me keep the Chinese culture, like Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Shui Hu, Dream of the Red Chamber, Dong Zhou Lie Guo, Chun Qiu Zhan Guo.

Oh I also have a few Jet Li films here that he did when he was younger and unknown in the Hollywood world. Do you like Jet Li? These ones are movies so I can easily include those as well ^o^
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From:kanata_kara
Date:October 30th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
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I like Jet Li, I've seen (and owned) most his movies. I'll pass, but thank you :D

I too have a ton in Indonesia that I left with a friend.. i know.. what were we thinking huh?!
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From:megakazul
Date:October 29th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Ah, Leslie Cheung...I've heard his name floating around before. The only chinese movies I watch these days are low budget wuxia flicks. ^_^

I've only seen him in the movie Chinese Ghost Story but other than that, I'm not sure.
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From:misori
Date:October 29th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
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I've read reviews about this. And it sounds good, but often I'm scared of watching anything angsty 'cause I know I'll cry.

...

>_>;;
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 30th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
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Oh you'll probably cry then, it's definitely angsty ^^;;
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From:misori
Date:November 26th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~~~~ I cry too much over movies. x_X
From:sweet_gable
Date:October 29th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Farewell My Concubine!! That is my favourite, favourite Chinese movie of all time.

Leslie Cheung is extremely talented. Thank you for uploading the song!
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From:lisaluo
Date:October 29th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
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This movie and Leslie are both crazily well-known in China and I guess over the world..
I do like it. ^^
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 30th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
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Yeah my mom told me about it ^^
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From:sakitokun
Date:October 29th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh! I was looking for that movie during the summer, it wasn't at the video store, thanks for reminding me, maybe I can find it in Ottawa.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:October 30th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
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You can probably find it in Chinatown ^o^

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