Stanley Kwan

Rouge

Rouge

Cantopop superstars Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung display the androgynous magnetism that made them icons as doomed lovers in this emblematic film of Hong Kong’s Second New Wave, directed by pioneering queer melodrama master Stanley Kwan. Rouge bridges past and present in its tragic romance between a humble courtesan and the wayward scion of a wealthy family, who embrace death by suicide pact amid the opulent teahouses of 1930s Hong Kong. Fifty years later, she returns to the city-state to find him, drawing a young contemporary couple (Alex Man and Emily Chu) into her quest to rekindle a passion that may be as illusory as time itself. With its lush mise-en-scène and transcendently melancholy mood, this sensuous ghost story is an exquisite, enduringly resonant elegy for both lost love and vanishing history.

Film Info

  • Hong Kong
  • 1987
  • 96 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Cantonese
  • Spine #1129

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Stanley Kwan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Kwan and filmmaker Sasha Chuk
  • Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema, a 1997 documentary by Kwan exploring the representation of queerness and LGBT identity in Chinese film
  • Still Love You After All These, a 1997 memoir film by Kwan about his Hong Kong identity
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Dennis Lim

    New cover by Jason Raish

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Jun 21, 2022

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Stanley Kwan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Kwan and filmmaker Sasha Chuk
  • Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema, a 1997 documentary by Kwan exploring the representation of queerness and LGBT identity in Chinese film
  • Still Love You After All These, a 1997 memoir film by Kwan about his Hong Kong identity
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Dennis Lim

    New cover by Jason Raish
Rouge
Cast
Anita Mui
Fleur
Leslie Cheung
Twelfth Master
Alex Man Chi-leung
Yuan Ting
Emily Chu Bo-tee
Chu
Irene Wan Pik-ha
Shu Hsien
Tam Sin-hung
Twelfth Master’s mother
Chu Shui-tong
Twelfth Master’s father
Lau Kar-wing
Director
Huang Pa-ching
Fortune teller
Credits
Director
Stanley Kwan
Adapted from the book by
Lillian Lee Pik-wah
Written by
Chiu Kang-Chien
Produced by
Jackie Chan
Director of photography
Bill Wong Chung-piu
Art direction by
Piu Yeuk-muk
Horace Ma Kwong-wing
Costume design by
Horace Ma Kwong-wing
Wan Fung-lan
Music by
Michael Lai Siu-tin