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The Actress

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english title The Actress
original title 阮玲玉
aka Ruan Ling Yu
french titleCenter Stage
year1992
countryHong-Kong


cast & crew

directorStanley KWAN Kam-Pang - 關錦鵬
actorMaggie CHEUNG Man-Yuk - 張曼玉
Carina LAU Ka-Ling - 劉嘉玲
LI LiliElle-mÍme
Chin Han
Stanley KWAN Kam-Pang - 關錦鵬
Cecilia YIP Tung - 葉童
Lawrence NG Kai-Wah - 吴启华
Maryanna YIP San
Paul CHANG Chung - 張沖
SIU Seung
CHEN Yan-Yan
Waise LEE Chi-Hung - 李子雄
Tony LEUNG Ka-Fai - 梁家輝
SHIN Hong
producer TSUI Siu-Ming - 徐小明


additional Info

genresdrama
historic
duration2H00
distributorGolden Harvest
production studioGolden Harvest


synopsis

"Centre Stage" is set during China's silent movie era and revolves around the life of the legendary life of a gifted actress, Ruan Ling-yu. With her sensitive portrayal, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk took her story abroad and won the best actress award at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.

In the spring of 1935, silent movie star Ruan Ling-yu took her own life, shocking the world. Her funeral was attended by hundreds of thousands of mourning fans. Yuan entered the film world at the age of 16. In the short span of 9 years, she made 29 silent movies and became the idol of tens of thousands. As she rose to fame, she also rose to infamy with scandals over her private life. Her death at such an early age has given rise to much debate: did she kill herself because of her career? Or for love? In her farewell note, Yuan wrote four words - "criticism should be feared" - and gave her final condemnation on the merciless public.

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