|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: