About

Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian, Doutzi becomes jealous, the beginnings of the acting duo's explosive breakup and tragic fall take root.

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Directed by

Chen Kaige

Written by

Lu Wei (Screenplay)
Lilian Lee (Screenplay)

Runtime

171 minutes

Country

Hong Kong, China

Language

Mandarin

Cast

Keywords

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Photos

Lists

#97 on The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

#536 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography