In 8th Century China, widowed Emperor Hsüan-tsung reigns alone, devoting his life to composing music. When he meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman, who will become his imperial concubine, a tale of political intrigue and rival dynasties is set in motion, with tragic consequences.
One of the only two color features from Kenji Mizoguchi, Princess Yang Kwei-fei expertly plays with the unbending rules of the historical drama. Adapting a ninth-century Chinese poem to haunting effect, this fervent love story is also a timely study on the side effects of male power.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States