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.
This movie is one of my favorite movies last time. The ‘best’ term is as you know from a relative term: You or I may not even be on the list of someone else whom we consider to be ‘the best’. So the general rule is to declare the majority of nations. Like the best, though, for me, it can be considered the most beautiful movie ever made. I was so emotionally destroyed that I saw the entire movie three times on the internet almost in one go.
Center Stage is the only movie I saw whole, more than once Every single performance is incredible. Not to mention that it has the best music in a movie. The sum of detail and little aspects of the movie that you can long time later is seriously amazing.
This director is great. With Center Stage online he seems to be setting himself some kind of a test – how far over the top can he go? I haven’t found this full movie anywhere else so I uploaded it here on YesMovies, now you can see this movie online for free.