Farewell My Concubine Character Analysis

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February
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University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia
ASIA 355 002
Topic: Character Analysis of Farewell My Concubine

ASIA 355 002
Topic: Character Analysis of Farewell My Concubine

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Instractor: Rui Wang
Date: Feb. 12th, 2013
Instractor: Rui Wang
Date: Feb. 12th, 2013

Farewell My Concubine, a Chen Faige directed film. It was released in Hong Kong in 1993, and in this film, there are several famous Chinese actors and actress, such as Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, and Li Gong. Throughout the whole 170-minute film, a piece of Beijing Opera is running through, which is called Farewell My Concubine. The two Beijing opera actors become the main characters of this film. Actually, this film talks about the whole lives of these two Beijing opera performers. However, I think this film is not only about "whom", but more about "what", which is Beijing opera. It shows the entire story from 1924 till 1977. (Wikipedia)

In the film, the story starts where there is a woman holding her child in arm across a very crowded Chinese market. (Wikipedia) This woman cannot afford to raise her son up, and his son has an extra little finger on his right hand. His mom wants to bring him into Master Guan, and learn Beijing opera from Master Guan. Master Guan refuses her since her child has birth defect. This woman cruelly cut his child's extra finger with a very sharp knife. Later on, the boy, who is called "Douzi" joins Master Guan's Beijing opera training school, and then gets along with the other student who is called "Shitou". Shitou is several years older than Douzi, and is the big brother among Master Guan's students.

Master Guan educates and treats his students very strictly. Once his students make some mistakes or remember the wrong lyrics, he beats them on a bench mercilessly. The reason why Master Guan is very strict is that he wants his students to become Beijing opera stars when they grow up....
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