">Name: Chen Kaige: Chinese Film Director, director of Ben Wang Bie Je ("Farewell My Concubine")
Artist: Chen Kaige|
Confronting Bodies: The Chinese government
Date of Action: 1993
Specific Location: China
Description of Artwork: "Farewell My Concubine" tells the story of two men, Dieyi and Xiaolou, who are members of the Beijing Opera Troupe. Dieyi is the son of a prostitute and is assigned to play female roles. In the opera "Farewell My Concubine" he plays the concubine of a king, who is played by Xiaolou. Dieyi falls in love with Xiaolou, who is engaged to an actual concubine named Junxian. Dieyi then becomes an opium addict. Later Dieyi, Xiaolou, and Junxian are all interrogated by the Red Guard and are forced into betrayal. At the end, after the Cultural Revolution, they do the opera "Farewell My Concubine"once more, at the end of which Dieyi kills himself.
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