RT Video/DVD DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 43399365 LA In Chinese with optional subtitles in English; closed-captioned. T1 Bawang bie ji Farewell my concubine A1 Li, Bihua., Lu, Wei,, Xu, Feng,, Chen, Kaige,, Cheung, Leslie,, Zhang, Fengyi., Gong, Li,, Li, Bihua., Miramax Films., Maverick Picture Company., Tomson (Hong Kong) Films Co. Ltd., Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm), PB Miramax Films ; Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment PP Burbank, CA.; Burbank, CA. YR 1999 SN 0788816101 9780788816109 AB This tale spans 50 years--from 1925 to 1977--a story at once that of individuals and of the history of China. Two young orphan boys are in the Peking Opera's perfectionist training academy. Eventually, Dieyi is assigned the role of the concubine in the famous traditional opera of the film's title, while Xiaolou will play the king. They are locked into these roles onstage, while their personal relationship somehow survives the upheavals of World War II, the communist takeover of China and the Cultural Revolution. Dieyi is livid when Xiaolou marries Juxian, who spends her life at the mercy of two men whose work together has defined their individual personalities.