Farewell My Concubine and More: Chinese Literary Classics on The Silver Screen

Why We Recommend it

Presented by the Hong Kong Film Archive, this program will screen six pairs of movie adaptations of Chinese literary classics, including the lauded 1993 film Farewell My Concubine starring Leslie Cheung.


Entitled ‘Worth a Thousand Words: Adaptations of Chinese Literary Classics’, this ‘Archival Gems’ series will screen six pairs of Cantonese and Mandarin movies from the 1930s to the 1990s.

Program highlights include the screenings of The Emperor and His Brother (Hong Kong, 1981, dir. Chor Yuen) and The Romance of Book and Sword (Hong Kong, 1987, dir. Ann Hui), a historical epic adapted from Jin Yong’s popular novel; What Price Love (Hong Kong, 1962, dir. Yuen Yang-an) and Rickshaw Boy (China, 1981, dir. Ling Zifeng), based on Lao She’s famous eponymous 1937 novel; and King Chau and Lady Yu (Hong Kong, 1981, dir. Alex Law) and Farewell My Concubine (Hong Kong, 1993, dir. Chen Kaige), both adaptations from Lilian Lee’s novel of the same name.

Each pair of screenings will be accompanied by a free seminar in Cantonese, hosted by film critics and scholars Cheng Ching-hang, Tsang Siu-wang, Chan Kwong-lung, Dr Yau Ching, Dr Chan Kwok-kwan and Shu Kei.

Please note that only The Assassin, Farewell My Concubine, The Romance of Book and Sword, The Emperor and His Brother and King Chau and Lady Yu will be screened with English subtitles.



When: 8 Apr 2018 - 2 Sep 2018 Where: Hong Kong Film Archive Cinema – 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho – Eastern District