One of the most interesting aspects of the film is that the play in which Xiaolou and Dieyi perform, as the King and the concubine respectively, seems to mirror their lives as they go through time.
How to Write a Summary of an Article? Therefore, the most impressive and controversial part of the movie Farewell My Concubine Kaige Chen, is its effort to break the language-less silence in search of an appropriate voice to express homosexual experience and anxiety. At first, this idea strongly bothers him.
Dieyi tried to escape from the opera house with another apprentice Laizi, but came back after seeing a performance by an opera master that impressed and made both of them long for the life of opera stars.
After their return, Xiaolou was brutally beaten for allowing their escape, and seeing this scene, Laizi hanged himself so as to be free from the pain of punishment.
This heartbreaking experience forced Dieyi to accept his female role, and made him submissive to the headmaster. To become a professional Dan, Dieyi must have gone through highly intensive training process.
Although the movie leaves out this part, we can imagine that he was taught to speak and act like women even in his daily life. Tian, 84 Hence, it is necessary for Dieyi to constantly imagine himself as a woman so as to reach the standard of performance and be accepted by the censorious audience.
Dieyi succeeded in playing the role Concubine Yu in his debut performance. He was so effeminate and attractive on stage that Eunuch Zhang became crazy for him and secretly raped him afterwards. However, Dieyi was crushed after this grueling experience, as shown in the movie: In the middle of a performance, the Japanese troop broke into the theatre and started to rob the audience.
The stir became a huge riot when a woman was shot to death so that the actors and workers stopped performing and fought back against the soldiers. Only Dieyi remained on stage, continued singing and dancing, as if the shot, the fight, the impending anti-Japanese war were none of his business.
They were learning, performing and hanging out with each other every day. Xiaolou joked that if one day he becomes the King of the world, he would make Dieyi the queen, just like the story of Farewell, My Concubine.
Dieyi, however, took that seriously as he faithfully believed that he could not live without Xiaolou.
Although he enjoyed tremendous fame and fortune as the best Dan in Beijing, he relieved his loneliness and grief by smoking opium.
To Dieyi, opium had the magic effect of trapping him in his fantasies, where he is the real Concubine Yu, and the King never left him. For most part of the movie, Dieyi remained in female costume and concubine makeup, because the transvestite stage of Peking opera offers a place, an imaginative capaciousness, where he could represent and masquerade his genuine sensibility.
However the more he did so, the more he drifted apart from reality, and the more he suffered.
He had a grueling time giving up opium, because it consumed too much of his energy and mentality that he passed out during a performance. Locked in a room, he could not help but to smash all the stuff, crying for assistance and cursing the world. Next follows one of the most heartbreaking scene in the movie: Juxian, with her eyes full of tears, answered: She pretended to be his mother, giving him temporary love and support in order to help him overcome the great difficulty.
And due to his loneliness, Dieyi also developed a relationship with Patron Yuan, a bureaucrat, a wealthy admirer, and a crazy theatergoer, not because of love, but because of the absence of Xiaolou. Yuan encouraged, and even indulged himself in the antasy of Farewell My Concubine with Dieyi: Dieyi was so isolated from the world that he even performed for Japanese invaders during the anti-Japanese war, innocently thinking that they would appreciate and even spread Peking Opera in their country; instead, he was tortured and imprisoned for his treason by the Chinese government at the end of the war.
His failed relationship with Yuan even affected him during the Cultural Revolution, because having any relation with a senior bureaucrat from the Qing Dynasty, the enemy of communism, was considered to be formidable crime at that time; and, being a gay, which was considered to be a scandal in traditional Chinese culture, further aggravated his accusation.
Hence, Dieyi was punished and humiliated in front of the public in his most beautiful costume of Concubine Yu. To further interpret this movie, we need to analyze the Beijing Opera Farewell, My Concubine, which dominated the professional life of Dieyi.
It is a love story circulated in Chinese society for thousands of years. In this tragic tale, Concubine Yu is so loyal and true that rather than abandoning her king as he faces military defeat, she chooses to dance for him one last time and then to cut her throat with his sword.
To echo with this story and to provide a heart-rending frame for the movie, Dieyi killed himself in the same pattern as Concubine Yu.
At the end of this movie, Dieyi and Xiaolou were reunited on the stage, practicing Farewell, My Concubine again.
Accidentally, Dieyi made the same error of finishing the line with he is not a girl. Why did Dieyi commit suicide?
Was it because he could no longer withstand the agony of living? With the hope of a bright future, Dieyi would not expect to repeat his heartbreaking experiences.Farewell My Concubine is one of the most famous plays in Beijing Opera in which the loyalty of Yu Ji (Beauty Yu) is contested by the King of Chu when his state is defeated.
The main character, Cheng Dieyi, mirrors both Mei Langfan and Yu Ji. Farewell My Concubine: Self-Identification in Context Essay Directed by Chen Kaige, a highly acclaimed fifth-generation Chinese film director, Farewell My Concubine has received many international film awards and nominations; among them are the Best Foreign Film and the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in Published: Mon, 5 Dec The film farewell my concubine is a Chinese film which has received much attention from the world.
It explores the impact of the Chinese political turmoil on its citizens during the middle 20th century. Directed by Chen Kaige, a highly acclaimed fifth-generation Chinese film director, Farewell My Concubine has received many international film awards and nominations; among them are the Best Foreign Film and the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in Excerpt from Term Paper: Farewell My Concubine Kaige Chen's film Farewell My Concubine traces the development of several characters and the evolution of China throughout the twentieth century, from the Warlord Era in the s until the end of the Cultural Revolution in the s.
by Brian Bergen-Aurand An early installment in Arsenal Pulp Press’s QUEER FILM CLASSICS series, Helen Hok-Sze Leung’s Farewell My Concubine (2o10) takes a queer cultural studies approach to a close reading of Chen Kaige’s Chinese film, starring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, and Gong Li.