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Not Rated In Theaters 04/7/1993 , 154min.
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Plot & Details

In the 1930s, in China, there was a woman film-actress who was tagged as "the Chinese Garbo." She was a wildly popular performer who made her first film at age 16 and died by her own hand at age 25. Ironically, she was famous for playing tragic heroines, and her own life mirrored the kinds of situations she portrayed onscreen. In this biopic, Ruan Ling-yu (Maggie Cheung) is riding high in her career when the press decides to take her down a notch or two, bitterly criticizing her for an affair with a married man. This situation is unbearable for her, and she kills herself, but not before uttering the words "Gossip is a terrible thing." In addition to the central drama, scenes from actual films starring the actress are included, and the actors in this biopic occasionally step out of character to address the camera, recounting some significant fact about the individuals whose lives they are playing, and the nature of those times in China.
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Run Time: 154min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 04/07/1993
  • DVD Release Date: 09/29/1998
  • Distributor(s): Miramax
  • Director(s): Stanley Kwan
  • Starring: Maggie Cheung , Carina Lau
  • Themes: Actor's Life,Suicide,Rise and Fall Stories
  • Tone: Downbeat,Elegiac,Literate,Reflective,Stylized
  • Keywords: China, actor, suicide
  • Language: Cantonese

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Maggie Cheung Won

Hong Kong Film Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Picture Nominated

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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