GenreComedy, Action ScreenplayRaymond To WriterRaymond To LanguageCantonese
Release date1986 (1986) Initial releaseSeptember 6, 1986 (Hong Kong) CastBrigitte Lin (Tsao Wan), Cherie Chung (Sheung Hung), Sally Yeh (Pat Neil), Kenneth Tsang (General Tsao), Wu Ma (Mr. Wong), Paul Chun (Fa Gum-Sao) Similar moviesRelated Tsui Hark movies
Peking opera blues 1986 ost by sally yeh
Peking Opera Blues (traditional Chinese: 刀馬旦; simplified Chinese: 刀马旦; pinyin: Dāo Mǎ Dàn; Jyutping: Dòu Máah Dáan; Cantonese Yale: Dou1 mah5 daan3) is a 1986 Hong Kong film directed by Tsui Hark. The movie combines comedy, Hong Kong action, and serious drama with scenes involving Peking Opera. Director Tsui Hark described the film as a satire on the "Chinese ignorance of democracy." The film was nominated for six awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards including Best Actress.
The film is set in 1913 Beijing, during Yuan Shikai's presidency of the country. It depicts the adventures of a team of unlikely heroines: Tsao Wan (Brigitte Lin), a patriotic rebel who dresses as a man; Sheung Hung (Cherie Chung), a woman in search of a missing box of jewels; and Bai Niu (Sally Yeh), the daughter of a Peking Opera impresario.
The Chinese title translates as Knife Horse Actresses, a term used in Peking Opera to refer to male actors playing female warriors (See Dan article for details). It is sometimes erroneously translated as Knife Horse Dawn, because both words are represented by the same Chinese character.
Cast and roles
Brigitte Lin - Tsao Wan (曹雲), General Tsao's daughter
Cherie Chung - Sheung Hung (湘紅)
Sally Yeh - Bai Niu (白妞)
Kenneth Tsang - General Tsao
Wu Ma - Mr. Wong
Paul Chun - Fa Gum-Sao
Mark Cheng - Ling Pak-Hoi
Cheung Kwok Keung - Tung Man
Ku Feng - Commander Liu
Hoi Sang Lee - Soldier with moustache
Sandra Ng (cameo)
The film grossed $17,559,357 HKD in Hong Kong.
In his Wrap Up video to the Region 1 DVD of Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express, Quentin Tarantino refers to Peking Opera Blues as "one of the greatest films ever made" and "a blast––it's a lot of fun."