YUEN LING-YUK

V'05

YUEN LING-YUK

CENTER STAGE

Stanley Kwan
HK, 1991, 2005
154min, Ome/mU

YUEN LING-YUK

Stanley Kwan
HK, 1991, 2005
, 154min, Ome/mU

Cast: 
Maggie Cheung
Ruan Lingyu
Tony Leung
Tsai Chu-sheng
Chin Hang
Tang Chi-san
Carina Lau
Li Li-li
Lawrence Ng
Chang Ta-min
Screenplay: 
Tai An-Ping Chiu (als Peggy Chiu)
Sound: 
Zhang Xin
Camera: 
Poon Hang Seng
Editor: 
Cheung Yiu Chung
Cheung Kar Fei
Joseph Chiang
Composer: 
Huang Jin Chen
Decoration: 
Lai Pan
Costume: 
Lai Pan

Production: 
Golden Harvest
World Sales: 
Fortune Star 8th Floor, One Harbourfront 18 Tak Fung Street, Hunghom Hongkong, China T 2621 8888 fortunestar@startv.com
Format: 
HD
Color and Black/White
Restaurierte Fassung

In the late Eighties, Stanley Kwan took up the challenge of directing a fiction film devoted to Ruan Lingyu. While his producer was Golden Harvest then a major commercial studio in Hongkong the form chosen was quite «experimental». Kwans fragmented texture intertwines: fictional reconstructions of Ruans life; video interviews with survivors from the Golden Age of the Shanghai studios, Ruans biographer, and the cast and crew of the contemporary film; excerpts from still-extant films; reconstructions of scenes from lost films; and photographs. This «mise en abîme» allows several Ruan Lingyus to coexist, diffracting her image to the point of vertigo. Kwans original point of entry was to be an overlap between the life of the actress embodying Ruan and her model. Kwan offered the part to Maggie Cheung, which turned to be an inspired move as she eventually became the first Chinese actress to win a Silver Bear at the 1992 Berlin Film Festival. Center Stage became, somewhat, a documentary about the coming-of-age of Maggie Cheung as an actress, searching beyond her, to solve the mystery of Ruans mysterious acting ability and charisma. Throughout the film, Cheung goes to and fro between resisting identification with Ruan, refusing to be turned into an icon and yielding to her fascination for the dead star. (Bérénice Reynaud)