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Center Stage (1991)

Original Title: 阮玲玉

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Genres
Drama, Romance
Runtime
2h 6min

Cast

Maggie Cheung
Ruan Ling-yu / Herself
Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Tsai Chu-sheng / Himself
Carina Lau
Lily Li / Herself
Chin Han
Tang Chi-Shan
Waise Lee
Li Min-Wei
Lawrence Ng
Chang Ta-Min
Cecilia Yip
Lin Chu-Chu
Yip San
Ms Liu
Paul Chang
Boss of Lianhua
Lily Yuen
Herself (archive footage)
Lili Li
Herself

Synopsis

The film is based on a true story: the tragic life of China's first prima donna of the silver screen, Ruan Lingyu. This movie chronicles her rise to fame as a movie actress in Shanghai during the 1930s. Actress Maggie Cheung portrayed Ruan in this movie. Nicknamed the "Chinese Garbo," Ruan Lingyu began her acting career when she was 16 years old and committed suicide at age 24. The film alternates between present scenes (production talks between director Kwan, Cheung, and co-star Carina Lau, interviews of witnesses who knew Ruan), re-creation scenes with Cheung (as Ruan, acting inside this movie), and extracts from Ruan's original films including her final two films The Goddess and New Women.

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