Centre Stage (1992 film)

For other uses, see Center Stage (disambiguation).
Center Stage
Directed by Stanley Kwan
Produced by Willie Chan
Tsui Siu-Ming
Written by Peggy Chiu
Starring Maggie Cheung
Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Carina Lau
Cinematography Poon Hang-Sang
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release dates
Running time
146 minutes
154 minutes (Extended version)
126 minutes (Edited version)
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

Center Stage (Chinese: 阮玲玉; pinyin: ruǎn líng yù; Cantonese Yale: yun5 ling4 yuk6), also known as Centre Stage, Actress and Yuen Ling-yuk,[1] is a 1992 Hong Kong film, directed by Stanley Kwan.

Maggie Cheung won Best Actress award at Berlin International Film Festival in 1992 for her delicate portraiture of Ruan.


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.




Prominent American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum picked the film as his favorite of the 1990s.

Cast and roles

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  1. "Yuen Ling-yuk" is the Cantonese transcription of "Ruan Lingyu".
  2. "Golden Horse Awards 1991". goldenhorse.org/tw. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  3. "Berlinale: 1992 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-05-29.
  4. Center Stage at HKMDB
  5. Center Stage at chinesemov.com

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