1993 The Cannes Film Festival - Gold Palm Award
1993 The Cannes Film Festival The FIPRESCI International
Critics Jury Prize
1993 Asian Film Festival Best Director and Best
1993 Puerto Rico Film Critics Association - Best
1993 LA Film Critics Association - Best Foreign
1993 The New York Film Critics Circle - Best Foreign
Film & Best
1994 The 51st Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign
1994 Nomination for the 66th Oscar Academy Awards
Foreign Language Film & Best Achievement
1994 The British Academy Awards - Best Film not
in the English
2005 TIME Magazine included Farewell My Concubine as one of
the "ALL-TIME 100 Best Films".
2005 Won "ten most favorite films" award in cerebration of
"the 100th anniversary of Chinese Films". (photo)
1930s. Cheng and Duan begin their training for
Peking Opera under the same master. Dediction
himself to the study of the role of Yu Ji (i.e.
the concubine), Cheng becomes intoxicated and
unwittingly falls in love with Yu Ji's warrior
husband - in real life the honest and upright
years later, Duan married the courtesan Ju Xian.
Partly out of spite, Cheng gives himself also
to a wealthy patron and becomes his "kept man".
1960s. The Cultural Revolution saw numerous artists
branded as "poisonous weed". Duan is persecuted.
Ju Xian sacrifices herself to save him, Cheng
is forced to inform on Duan.
the fall of the Gang of Four, Cheng is rehabilitated.
He runs into his long lost friend. For old time's
sake, Cheng urges Duan, let's do Farewell to
My Concubine one last time. On stage, Cheng raises
the magnificent sword - that witness to the many
vicissitudes of their lives, and kills himself.
(In Collaboration With Beijing