CENTER STAGE, Stanley Kwan’s 1991 Classic Starring Maggie Cheung on Blu-ray

Disclaimer; I received this movie for free in exchange for my review, I have not been compensated in any way.

Maggie Cheung embodies tragic silent screen siren Ruan Lingyu, known as the “Greta Garbo of China,” in this unconventional biopic by Hong Kong New Wave master Stanley Kwan. Praised for her moving and emotive onscreen presence, Ruan’s private life, which was frequent fodder for the vicious Shanghai tabloids, began to mirror the melodramas which brought her fame, culminating in her suicide at age 24.

Kwan and Cheung paint a kaleidoscopic yet intimate portrait of the ill-fated actress, deftly blending lush period drama, archival footage, and metatextual documentary sequences of Cheung reflecting on Ruan’s lasting legacy. Chect the Trailer on Youtube,


  • New introduction by Stanley Kwan
  • Interview with Stanley Kwan
  • Interview with Hong Kong cinema expert Paul Fonoroff (Blu-ray only)
  • 16-page booklet with a new essay by Aliza Ma, Head of Programming at Metrograph

PROGRAM INFORMATION Type: Blu-ray/DVD (New 4K Restoration) Running Time: 154 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen Audio: Mono Language: Cantonese, Mandarin with English subtitles  

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