Farewell My Concubine Poster

Release Date: 1993

R|2 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
Douzi (Leslie Cheung) is sent to an operatic school by his mother. Shitou (Fengyi Zhang), also a student at the school, befriends him, and the two endure abuse by the wretched school staff. As they hone their talents, Douzi develops romantic feelings toward Shitou, however his love is not reciprocated. When Shitou is tricked into marrying a young prostitute named Juxian (Gong Li) to save her from her tawdry life, the friendship falters and changes.

Cast: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Gong Li

Director: Chen Kaige

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Tomson Films, Beijing Film Studio

Keywords: Dark, Forbidden love, Moving, Love, Growing up, Friendship, 1930s, School


Nominated Cinematography
Winner Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Foreign Language Film
Winner Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)