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Peking Opera Blues
Directed by Tsui Hark
Written by Raymond To
Starring Brigitte Lin
Cherie Chung
Sally Yeh
Paul Chun
Wu Ma
Kenneth Tsang
Distributed by Golden Princess Film Production
Release date(s) 1986
Running time 104 min
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Peking Opera Blues (traditional Chinese: 刀馬旦Mandarin Pinyin: Dāo Mǎ DànJyutping: Do Ma Daan; Cantonese Yale: Dou1 mah5 daan3) is a 1986 Hong Kong film directed by Tsui Hark. The movie combines comedy, Hong Kong action, and serious drama with scenes involving Peking Opera. Director Tsui Hark described the film as a satire on the "Chinese ignorance of democracy." [1] The film was nominated for six awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards including Best Actress.

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Synopsis

The film is set in 1913 Beijing, during Yuan Shikai's presidency of the Republic of China. It depicts the adventures of a team of unlikely heroines: Tsao Wan (Brigitte Lin), a patriotic rebel who dresses as a man; Sheung Hung (Cherie Chung), a woman in search of a missing box of jewels; and Pat Neil (Sally Yeh), the daughter of a Peking Opera impresario.

Title

The Chinese title translates as Knife Horse Actresses, a term used in Peking Opera to refer to male actors playing female warriors (See Dan article for details). It is sometimes erroneously translated as Knife Horse Dawn, due to the fact that both words are represented by the same Chinese character.[2]

Cast and roles

Responses

The film grossed $17,559,357 HKD in Hong Kong.[1]

In his Wrap Up video to the Region 1 DVD of Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express, Quentin Tarantino refers to Peking Opera Blues as "one of the greatest films ever made" and "a blast––it's a lot of fun."

Awards

Hong Kong Film Awards
Year Category Recipient Result
1987 Best Actress Sally Yeh Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Paul Chun Nominated
Best Action Choreography Ching Siu-tung Nominated
Best Cinematography Hang-Sang Poon Nominated
Best Film Editing David Wu Nominated
Best Art Direction Vincent Wai
Kim-Sing Ho
Chi-Hing Leung
Nominated

Notes

  1. ^ Bleiler, David TLA Video & DVD Guide 2005 (St Martin's Griffin, 2004) p.478
  2. ^ Jenny Kwok Wah Lau, 'Peking Opera Blues: Exploding Genre, Gender and History', in Film Analysis (Norton, 2005), p. 739.

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