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Mei Lanfang

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Mei Lanfang is a legendary figure in China, known for his portrayal of female roles. He defied the Japanese and toured the world during the Second World War. The film follows Mei Lanfang during three phases in his life – his early teenage years when he first rose to prominence by challenging and defeating a renowned traditional opera king; the preparations for his first US tour ten years later; and finally the tumultuous times surrounding the brutal Japanese invasion. The film charts the most important relationships in his life, namely with his obsessive manager Qiu Rubai, who gave up his career as a teacher to follow the singer, his no-nonsense wife Fu Zhifang and the true love of his life, fellow singer and male-impersonator Meng Xiaodong.