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Yue Opera Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai -Chinese Classic Drama Film DVD

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Product: Yue (Shaoxing) Opera Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai
Starring: Yuan Xuefen, Fan Ruijuan, Zhang Guifeng, Lv Ruiying
Performed by Shanghai Film (Group) Corporation
Published by Jiangsu Culture Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2005
Media: 1 DVD
Language: Chinese
Subtitle: Chinese
ISBN: 7884091461
ISRC: CNE230500450
This disc contains the film of Yueju Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, which was made in 1953 starring Fan Ruijuan (Liang Shanbo) and Yuan Xuefen (Zhu Yingtai), the first color picture made in China. It is the best known opera of the tragic love story. Other variations of the title "Liang Zhu," "Butterfly Lovers".

A beautiful and talented woman named Zhu Yingtai from Shangyu, Zhejiang, disguises herself a man travelling to Hangzhou for attendance of an academy. During her journey, she met and joined Liang Shanbo, a companion schoolmate from Shaoxing, who was believed her moral and intellectual equal. For three years of study in Mount Phoenix, they form a close bond of love and friendship but without the other student knowing she is actually a woman. They swear a pact of brotherhood. When the two part, Zhu wishes to marry Liang, and offers to arrange for Liang to marry her 16 year-old fictitious sister within a hundred days. She does so and Liang Shanbo accepts. However, in the meantime, Zhu Yingtai's parents arrange a marriage for her with another man because she does not tell them her secret arrangements to marry Liang Shanbo. When her parents tell her after her returning home, Zhu Yingtai refuses the marriage to the son of the Ma family and her parents accuse her of filial impropriety. She finally relents and agrees to marry the Ma son. Shortly thereafter Liang Shanbo arrives and proposes. Zhu Yingtai regretfully refuses him and tells him her situation. Liang Shanbo understands her difficulty but is deeply saddened. He dies only two days after their meeting of sadness. Zhu Yingtai is alerted to his death and on the way to her future husbands home for the marriage, she stops at Liang Shanbo's grave. She jumps into the cracked tomb as she wails at sacrifice, and a pair of butterflies are flapping as Liang and Zhu. They are once again together and live happily ever after.

Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai is one of the four archaic legends in China, so called Chinese Romeo and Juliet story. Other three legends are Madam White Snake, Meng Jiangnu's Wail Shattered the Great Wall, and the Cowherd and the Weaving Maid.

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