Tsui Hark directs Peking Opera Blues, an entertaining and lovingly realized period action caper that ranks as one of the key experiences of eighties Hong Kong Cinema! Brigitte Lin is Cao Yan, the daughter of corrupt General Cao (Kenneth Tsang), who secretly plots against her father with a band of Chinese revolutionaries. But her plans to upset the corrupt order are set astray by a variety of unlikely events, all centering around an all-male Peking Opera troupe. Bai Niu … mehr(Sally Yeh), the daughter of troupe leader Wu Ma, wants to become an actress, but is denied by male-centric rules. Meanwhile, gold-digging musician Hong (Cherie Chung) shows up in the Peking Opera House chasing a box of jewelry. When General Cao decides to attend a performance at the Opera House, a chain of events is set in motion that simultaneously brings the three women together and even pits them against one another! Heartwarming drama, over-the-top action, charming Peking Opera, and even some screwball comedy combine as the Peking Opera Blues begin!
A virtual pinata of Hong Kong Cinema themes and signifiers, Peking Opera Blues is a dazzling spectacle and a multi-layered movie wonder on more subjects than you could possibly imagine! History, drama, action, romance, comedy, gender roles, loyalty, honor, and just plain entertainment value combine to maximum cinematic effect - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Peking Opera Blues is must-see Hong Kong Cinema, and quite possibly the defining work of director Tsui Hark. weniger