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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: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

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