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Director  Tsui Hark
Music director  James Wong
Country  Hong Kong
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Action
Screenplay  Raymond To
Writer  Raymond To
Language  Cantonese
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Release date  1986 (1986)
Initial release  September 6, 1986 (Hong Kong)
Cast  Brigitte 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 movies  Related Tsui Hark movies

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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.


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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.


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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

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  • 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
  • Leong Po-Chih
  • Sandra Ng (cameo)
  • Dean Shek
  • Yin Szema
  • Tien Ching
  • David Wu
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    The film grossed $17,559,357 HKD in Hong Kong.

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    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."

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