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Centre Stage (Yuen Ling-yuk) (1992)

  Directed by: Stanley Kwan
Written by: Tai An-Ping Chiu
Starring: Maggie Cheung
Links: Centre Stage on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Based on True Story

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"The story of a great unknown actress" - a review by timchuma

Maggie Cheung plays a very famous movie star from early 1930's Chinese Cinema named Lingyu Ruan in this drama / documentary film.

This film provides a window into early 20th Century filmaking in China through the life story of the actress Ms Cheung portrays, and tells of her rise to fame and her untimely demise.

Although I hadn't heard of the actress the film was based on, I really liked the recreations of the films she starred in (as well as the original clips). The 'documentary' parts of the film were also very interesting.

The settings and costumes where also excellent, even though at some points it was difficult to follow whether the story was following the shooting of a movie or the story in general (I think this may have been deliberate).

For me the main reason to watch this is Maggie Cheung, even though she seems to spend most of the film crying. She did win "Best Actress" at the Hong Kong film awards for this role though. I would still watch any film she is in just to see her (I even endured the silly Sausalito (2000)).

timchuma gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 26 Oct 2004

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