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Rouge [VHS]

Leslie Cheung , Anita Mui , Stanley Kwan  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, Alex Man, Emily Chu, Kara Hui
  • Directors: Stanley Kwan
  • Writers: Pik Wah Lee, Tai An-Ping Chiu
  • Producers: Jackie Chan, Leonard Ho
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Tai Seng Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000009N3R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,245 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best ghost films ever made April 14, 2003
This is a ghost story but it's not a horror film. It's a timeless tale of a love that tries to survive beyond the bounds of death. Anita Mui has created a character, the tragic courtesan Fleur, that is hers and hers alone. The music, the mood, the acting, the quiet moments of sadness and despair: all of this is "Rouge." If you can handle a film with subtitles, you should not miss "Rouge" by any means. You will remember this film for a long, long time and you will watch it more than once.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Tragic October 13, 2003
Rouge is the story of a 23 year old Chinese Prostitute named Fleur who falls in love with a client, the heir of a rich merchant. When her lover's father refuses to let them marry they run away together, but tragedy soon follows, and faced with the sadness of separation, the two decide to commit suicide together.
Fleur becomes a ghost, doomed to search for her lost lover who has not followed up in hell. Enlisting the aid of a newspaper editor and his girlfriend, she publishes an ad in the paper directing him to meet her one last time. The sound track of this movie was first rate, and the acting was superb.
I really enjoyed Fleur, even if I thought her lover was rather wimpy. The movie is well worth the watch, a must for Hong Kong Ghost film fans!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Ghost's Chance of Rekindling an Old Flame December 4, 2005
In "Rouge," a ghost from fifty years in the past returns to Hong Kong, searching for her lost love. No, this isn't a goofy romantic-comedy, even if the premise sounds awfully familiar. Instead, it's a highly-effective melodrama from director Stanley Kwan, as well as a star vehicle for Anita Mui, the late Cantonese pop singer. As Fleur, a beautiful courtesan who dies tragically with her lover, Mui gets to sing, dress up in period costumes, and otherwise command the screen.

The story: Fleur's spirit somehow fails to be reunited in the afterlife with that of Chen (Leslie Cheung, from "The Chinese Feast" and "Happy Together"), her earthly paramour. Assuming he has been reincarnated, she patiently waits in the underworld until August 11th, 1987. Why that date? According to a diviner, whom she consulted while still alive, that is the soonest they can meet again on Earth. Fleur wants to see Chen one more time before returning to the land of the dead, where she will be reborn herself.

Of course, Hong Kong has changed a lot by the time she returns. Fleur requires a guide, and a meek ad man named Yuen (Alex Man) takes pity on her. At first, he doesn't know that she's a ghost; he dismisses her as a harmless eccentric, only to discover her true nature during the bus ride home. After that tense, appropriately creepy revelation, he still takes her back to his apartment, which he shares with his reporter girlfriend, Chor (Emily Chu).

The writers of "Rouge," Tai An-Ping Chiu and Bik-Wa Lei, cut back-and-forth between Fleur and Chen, and Yuen and Chor, telling parallel stories. With the former couple, we witness the tale of their sad fate, which may not be as clear-cut as Fleur made it sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting October 17, 2004
Rouge tells the story of Fleur (Anita Mui), a beautiful courtesan in 1930's Hong Kong and her lover (played by Leslie Cheung) whose parents forbid him from marrying Fleur. The two attempt suicide, but only Fleur dies, leaving her ghost to search for her lover for more than fifty years. Fleur's ghost puts an ad in the newspaper in the 1980's and enlists the help of a reporter and his girlfriend.

The atmosphere in "Rouge" is outstanding and Kwan skillfully employs the right camera shots to supply specific moments in the film with a certain element of spookiness. The scene with Fleur's ghost on the tram with the reporter is unforgettably creepy.

Anita Mui is splendidly enchanting throughout the whole film. With or without makeup, every shot of her is exquisite. Leslie Cheung also gives a fine performance. Fans of these two late (both died in 2003) and extraordinary actors should definitely watch the two of them together in this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By yinan
...is that, in Hong Kong films, pop stars can act. With this statement, I'm not only thinking about Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui in this film, but also Faye Wong in Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express. Rouge is not the typical Hong Kong movie. Although Jackie Chan is listed in the credits as its executive producer, Rouge does not include spectacular kung-fu fight sequences. The description of the movie printed on the back of my copy of Rouge says it "belongs to a more select category, the Cantonese art film." I can really see this in the opening sequence, which I think is the best part of the whole film. Does anyone know the song that Anita Mui sings in the beginning? I do not speak Cantonese so I can't understand it, but even without the words it is still very beautiful. Director Stanley Kwan artfully balances the tragic main plot (concerning Fleur and Twelfth Master) and the less intriguing subplot (the relationship between Yuan and his girlfriend) to contrast the grandeur of 1930s Hong Kong with the banality of 1980s Hong Kong. The only other Stanley Kwan film I have seen is his more recent Lan Yu, and I can definitely say that Rouge is better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow-1930's Cantonese Courtesan Culture
Gee, loved the flashback story, the modern day story was weak and the actors in the modern story were boring. Anita Mui absolutely fantastic as Fleur, the courtesan. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by Kya
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately beautiful
The prostitute Ruhua fell in love with Chen Zhenbang from a rich family, but the Chen's family opposed their marriage. Chen decided to leave his family and stayed with Ruhua. Read more
Published on June 20, 2003 by Wu Yuan
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this film!!!!
I really loved this film. It was played at a Hong Kong Film Festival held at the college I attend and it was my favorite film at the festival. Read more
Published on April 4, 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars A dvd without final...
A film sensitive, interesting and sad. Sad but beautiful. Until the sixth chapter, when the dvd joined and it impeded me of continuing. Since then, the dvd presents defect...
Published on May 1, 2001 by Roberto Chaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera Work by Jackie Chan
This time it's Jackie Chan behind the camera instead of in front. The film pairs two of the finest stars of Asia in a tragic story of star crossed lovers. Read more
Published on November 3, 2000 by Laurie A. McMaster
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as others in genre
After reading the initial reviews on the site, I was expecting much more from this film. It simply does not stack up to the emotional punch and narrative vision of films like... Read more
Published on August 16, 2000 by Idoru69
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Ghost Story
Fifty years after taking her own life, the spirit of a courtesan searches for her lover with whom she made a suicide pact. Read more
Published on January 9, 2000 by Dark Trippers
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