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Center Stage

Center Stage

Nov. 29, 1991Hong Kong126 Min.
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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.

Center Stage
Original title 阮玲玉
TMDb Rating 7.1 20 votes


Stanley Kwan


Maggie Cheung isRuan Ling-yu / Herself
Ruan Ling-yu / Herself
Tony Leung Ka-Fai isTsai Chu-sheng / Himself
Tsai Chu-sheng / Himself
Carina Lau isLily Li / Herself
Lily Li / Herself
Chin Han isTang Chi-Shan
Tang Chi-Shan
Waise Lee isLi Min-Wei
Li Min-Wei
Cecilia Yip isLin Chu-Chu
Lin Chu-Chu
Kelvin Wong isNier Erh
Nier Erh
Lily Yuen isHerself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Li Lili isHerself

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