Farewell My Concubine (Ba wang bie ji)

On its 30th anniversary, experience the influential Chinese film Farewell My Concubine, restored and uncut for the first time. Cheng Dieyi (Leslie Cheung) and Duan Xiaolou (Zhang Fengyi) are classmates at the Peking Opera Academy. The boys mature and their dramatic identities become real for Dieyi when he falls in love with Xiaolou, who fails to reciprocate his affections and marries a courtesan (Gong Li), creating a dangerous romantic triangle. Spanning 50 years from the early 20th century to the Cultural Revolution, this genre-bending love story captures the vast historical scope of a changing country and features performances showcasing the remarkable tradition of the Peking Opera. 

Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris, The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, and the Vaughn Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Foundation for Independent Media Arts; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Community partner: Big Queer Picture Show

Farewell My Concubine (Ba wang bie ji)

Directed by Chen Kaige
(China/Hong Kong, 1993, 170 minutes, in Mandarin with English subtitles)
Brown Auditorium Theater, 4K digital restoration