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Fleeing by Night

Released May 3, 2002 1h 59m Romance Drama List
40% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 84% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Set in China in the 1930s, the film is about the relationship between three characters. Ing'er (Rene Liu), the daughter of a theatre-owner, welcomes the return of Shao-dung (Lei Huang), her fiancée and a fine cellist from America. Shao-dung soon finds himself captivated by the opera "Fleeing By Night" and its actor, Lin Chung (Chao-te Yin). While Shao-dung attempts to blend eastern and western music, Ing'er becomes torn between her affection for both men, and a growing intimacy between them. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter While it's all quite tasteful to look at, the attention process tends to do a little fleeing of its own. May 10, 2002 Full Review Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times An exquisite love story directed with admirable subtlety and sensitivity by Li-kong Hsu and Chi Yin from a superb script by Hui-ling Wang and Ming-xia Wang. Rated: 4/5 May 3, 2002 Full Review V.A. Musetto New York Post An overwrought Taiwanese soaper about three people and their mixed-up relationship. Rated: 2/4 May 3, 2002 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Oct 13, 2005 Full Review Jordan Reed Boxoffice Magazine [Lin Chung's] voice is rather unexceptional, even irritating (at least to this Western ear), making it awfully hard to buy the impetus for the complicated love triangle that develops between the three central characters. Rated: 1.5/5 May 3, 2002 Full Review Chuck Wilson L.A. Weekly [Liu's] artistry deepens here, as Ing'er grows from overeager girl to knowing woman, one whose dilemma is as vexing as any she heard sung from the stage of her father's opera house. May 3, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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Audience Member Well, it is so unfair to judge an Art House drama made in Taiwan 13-14 years ago by today's standard. But so sorry that this was really one unbearably slow, long & boring lukewarm stuff. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member I love this film It touches my heart Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member I really like the way that this movie present triangle relationship Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent Chinese Movie From 2000. A Couple-Both are infatuated with a Male Chinese Opera star. Yes in China there is a 1000 year history of men becoming infatuated with the Male stars of the Chinese Opera. This particular film is set int he 1930s. A young Cellist returns home to China after his years abroad for education. He meets again his fiance. Her father owns the local theater and a troop from Beijing is performing some of the great Chinese operas. Both people in the couple fall for the male opera star and she looses her fiance to him. Variety really panned this movie. Ny York Times like it ok. So did I. Its a good movie in the similar vein of Farewell My Concubine. Farewell was more of an epic film. In ways this film essentially a Taiwanese remake of Chen Kaige's Farewell. This film does get into the gay aspects of their relationship more. Good story Good production values good cinematography. I enjoyed this film. four stars. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member lov the juxtapositions~....... :))) dunno why, it reminds me of jules n jim, esp when they sing (in the car) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member They just had to drag us through the Japanese occupation and the civil war, and the miserable existence of each character after their defining moment had passed ... stop the movie before this point and it's a heart-wrenching story about unrequited love. It doesn't even need the beautiful sets and costumes, but it doesn't hurt either. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Set in China in the 1930s, the film is about the relationship between three characters. Ing'er (Rene Liu), the daughter of a theatre-owner, welcomes the return of Shao-dung (Lei Huang), her fiancée and a fine cellist from America. Shao-dung soon finds himself captivated by the opera "Fleeing By Night" and its actor, Lin Chung (Chao-te Yin). While Shao-dung attempts to blend eastern and western music, Ing'er becomes torn between her affection for both men, and a growing intimacy between them.
Director
Li-Kong Hsu, Chi Yin
Producer
Li-Kong Hsu, Shi-Hao Chang
Screenwriter
Hui-Ling Wang, Ming-xia Wang
Distributor
Strand Releasing
Production Co
Central Motion Pictures Corporation
Genre
Romance, Drama
Original Language
Chinese
Release Date (Theaters)
May 3, 2002, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 24, 2019
Box Office (Gross USA)
$12.8K
Runtime
1h 59m
Sound Mix
Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)