The 4K-restored version of Leslie Cheung-starrer Farewell My Concubine will be screened in Hong Kong on September 30. The two screenings at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre will mark the 30th anniversary of the film’s initial release.

Farewell My Concubine has the distinction of being the only Chinese-language film to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. The movie also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category in 1994.

The film — which also starred Gong Li and Zhang Fengyi and was directed by Chen Kaige — is based on the book of the same name by Lilian Lee. It tells the story of the relationships between two lifelong friends and one of their wives, set against the backdrop of turbulent 20th-century China.

There will also be an exhibition of original posters of the overseas version of Farewell My Concubine on the day of the premiere of the film’s 4K version in the SAR. 

The two screenings of the film will be at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at HK$45 will be available from September 1 on URBTIX.

Header image credits: Hong Kong Film Archive

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