Center Stage

(1991)

Overview

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.

  1. Tai An-Ping Chiu

    Writer

  2. Stanley Kwan

    Director

  3. Peggy Chiao

    Writer

Facts

Original Title 阮玲玉

Status Released

Release Information

  • November 29, 1991
    Theatrical

    Meaning

Original Language Cantonese

Runtime 2h 6m

Budget -

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