6.7/10
1,336
11 user 14 critic

Forever Enthralled (2008)

Mei Lanfang (original title)
Trailer
0:22 | Trailer
A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star.

Director:

Kaige Chen

Writers:

Kaige Chen (screenplay), Geling Yan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
24 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A violin prodigy and his father travel to Beijing, where the father seeks the means to his son's success while the son struggles to accept the path laid before him.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Yun Tang, Peiqi Liu, Hong Chen
Love for Life (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Set in a small Chinese village, where an illegal trade in human blood has caused the spread of HIV; two AIDS sufferers surprisingly fall in love with each other and decide to risk everything to pursue their last chance at happiness.

Director: Changwei Gu
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Aaron Kwok, Cunxin Pu
The Banquet (2006)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, You Ge, Daniel Wu
Yellow Earth (1984)
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a ... See full summary »

Director: Ye Lou
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Tôru Nakamura, Ye Liu
Forever Young (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

From World War, to revolution and ultimately rebirth, Forever Young is the story of four generations spanning a hundred years of modern Chinese history. Each generation faces its own unique... See full summary »

Director: Fangfang Li
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Xiaoming Huang, Leehom Wang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Over the course of several decades, a deal between the Japanese army and criminals in Shanghai plays out with violence and betrayal.

Director: Er Cheng
Stars: You Ge, Ziyi Zhang, Tadanobu Asano
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story begins on a bus, when white-collar worker Ye refuses to give up her seat to a senior citizen. Her defiance is videotaped by a journalist intern and played during a news show. The ... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Yuanyuan Gao, Chen Yao, Mark Chao
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two ex-lovers work together to win back their lost loves, but not everything goes according to plan.

Director: Eva Jin
Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Bingbing Fan, Peter Ho
The Promise (2005)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Empowered by the love of a slave (Jang), a royal concubine (Cheung) is given the chance to make an extraordinary decision.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Cecilia Cheung, Dong-Gun Jang, Hiroyuki Sanada
Sacrifice (2010)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

To save the only child of the Zhao Family, whose entire clan was massacred at the hands of a nefarious minister, a doctor sacrifices his own son; after the Zhao child grows up, the doctor becomes intent on seeking his vengeance.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: You Ge, Xueqi Wang, Xiaoming Huang
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A blind man's master told him that after he has broken 1000 strings on his Banjo, he can open the Banjo to get a script for his eyes. After 60 years he broke the 1000th string...

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Zhongyuan Liu, Lei Huang, Qing Xu
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Leon Lai ... Mei Lanfang
Ziyi Zhang ... Meng Xiaodong
Honglei Sun ... Qiu Rubai
Hong Chen ... Fu zhifang
Mingzhu Ye Mingzhu Ye
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masanobu Andô ... Ryuichi Tanaka
Yanjun Bi Yanjun Bi ... Mei Yu-tian
Bin Li Bin Li ... Qiu's Mother
Mingchen Li Mingchen Li ... Lao Song
Shengsu Li Shengsu Li ... Yan Huizhu
Jingxi Liu Jingxi Liu ... Mei's Grandmother
Jixian Lu Jixian Lu ... Lu Er Ye
Yueming Pan ... Zhu Huifang
Qian Po Qian Po ... Journalist Qian
Xiaoman Shi Xiaoman Shi ... Ma San
Edit

Storyline

A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

History of China's opera caught up in the political upheaval of change.


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Eterno Feitiço See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,773,395
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

China's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language category (2010). See more »

Soundtracks

Ni Dong Wo De Ai
Performed by Ziyi Zhang, Leon Lai
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's Not Doing Much Justice
11 January 2009 | by questoniaSee all my reviews

The choice of Zhang's cast is not at all convincing, she is too short and tiny to play an emperor on stage with Lai.

Chinese opera is a lot more demanding artistically and physically compared to the Western one as each cast small or big requires to sing, dance, let alone performing using expressions such as eyes and fingers, and the highly acrobatic moves. Unfortunately, we didn't see much acting of hers in Forever Enthralled.

The actor playing the young Mei is excellent though and odd to be praised though. For films like this perhaps they are better off sticking to proper Chinese opera actors and actresses.


4 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed