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The Phantom Lover
The Phantom Lover
(Chinese: 夜半歌聲) is a 1995 Hong Kong film starring Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung
and Jacqueline Wu. It was directed by Ronny Yu and is a remake of the 1937 film Song at Midnight. The film itself is a loose adaptation of the classic Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
romance where love between two passionate lovers were ultimately doomed when parental opposition was the major obstacle. The main theme of the film was, however, a strong adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. The film's language is entirely in Mandarin.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Critical reception 4 Music 5 References 6 External links

Plot[edit] The film is loosely based on real life "Phantom Lover" Dan Cheung, known as such due to the ghostlike (that is, not real) nature of the women he romances. The film is set in China
China
in the 1940s. Song Dan Ping (Leslie Cheung) was an ambitious theatre actor and owner who built his dream magnificent playhouse from where he entertained and dazzled the theatre-loving populace with his adaptation of classics such as Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
and other tragic love stories. His passionate and devoted performances drew the attention of To Wan-Yin (Jacqueline Wu), the beautiful daughter of a corrupt and despotic official. To Wan-Yin would sneak out of her house with her personal maid in the night to watch Dan Ping's play (he was acting as Romeo
Romeo
in Shakespeare's play--' Romeo
Romeo
and Juliet'). During the patriarchal era, romance between an actor (considered useless and without a bright future) and a rich man's daughter was definitely a taboo (it was an irony that the couple were 're-enacting' Romeo
Romeo
and Juliet
Juliet
in the movie). Hence after each performance, Dan Ping and Wan-Yin would have a rendezvous at the theatre and their love deepened to the extent that they vowed to run away from the city and to get married elsewhere. However, Wan-Yin was betrothed to a man she did not love who was reputed to be cruel and sadistic; this persuaded her to throw caution to the wind and run away from home with Song. It also turned out that Wan-Yin's father arranged the marriage (as was the custom of China
China
at that time) to benefit himself as he sought to become allies with another official of great influence, whose friendship would help to improve his social standing. As fate dictated, the eloping couple was caught before the plan came to fruition and Wan-Yin's maid, who had assisted the eloping couple in their attempt to escape, was brutally beaten until she was crippled. Meanwhile, Wan-Yin was locked up in the house by her father to prevent her from eloping. This did not end the couple's tragic fate. Wan-Yin's fiance had arranged his men to harm Dan Ping. After disfiguring Dan Ping's face with burning acid, they set the theatre ablaze with Dan Ping and many other innocent people in it. After Wan-Yin came to know about the fire and Dan Ping's disappearance, she resigned to fate and married her fiance. On her wedding night, Wan-Yin's husband found out that she was not a virgin (he did not 'see red' on their nuptial night). Wan-Yin was then abused and eventually drove out of the house and was forced to lead a wandering life with her crippled maid. Wan-Yin soon lost all her senses as her longing for Dan Ping drove her crazy. Many years later, a group of performing arts students traveled from Beijing
Beijing
to perform in the city where Song Dan Ping had performed, eager to adapt his exploits and to improvise on his legendary performances. They came to the theatre hall, with its outer foundations still intact but with the internal sections terribly destroyed, and made their temporary quarters there. Many people believed Song to have perished in the fire but he was indeed still living as the students made their home in his theatre. Song, however, was badly scarred in the face and was never to reveal his once-handsome face to the outside world and earned the nickname 'The Phantom lover' by his once-loving audience. His personality was also changed as he was severely depressed and morose after the tragic incidents and had lived the life of a hermit ever since. When the students arrived at the theatre, he was slightly encouraged to reveal himself when one of the more talented students tried unsuccessfully to sing his ultimate love serenade whom he dedicated to Wan-Yin. Song later lashed out at the students' incompetence when he could no longer bear such disparaging performances of his efforts and decided to reveal himself and his scarred face to them. When the officials heard that the students tried to popularise Song in their theatre performances and reenact his glorious days, they came to arrest the students. Little did they know their evil deeds were exposed to the public who came for the performances. One by one, the accomplices to the plot to burn down the theatre were forced to confess in detail, to their crimes. Justice was finally achieved but only as a hollow victory on Song's part. In the closing moments, Song was seen holding his lover's hands. Wan-Yin had since become an invalid, and she had also become blind as a result of her ex-husband shooting her. She recognized Song, but lamented that she could not see him - a blessing for him, since she couldn't see how ugly his face had become. The two lovers finally departed the town in a coach, together at last. An epilogue reveals that Wan-Yin died a year later—probably due to the shooting injuries—and that Song never loved another woman in his lifetime. Cast[edit]

Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung
as Song Danping Lei Huang as Wei Qing Philip Kwok Fong Pao as Zhao Roy Szeto as Zhao Jum Chien-lien Wu as Yun Yan Liwen Yu as Agent in 1926

Critical reception[edit] Andrew Chan of the Film Critics Circle of Australia writes, ""The Phantom Lover" could easily have been a cinematic classic, instead director Yu fails to focus the film on far more important things, namely the central doomed love affair and the rather lack of Cheung and Wu. "[1] Music[edit] The film's theme song was composed and sung by Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung
entitled 夜半歌声 "The Phantom Lover" also featured in his album 宠爱 "Beloved". Another individual song popularised by this film is 一辈子失去了你 "Endless Embrace" also found in the same album. The film's excellent Western-influenced score was composed by Chris Babida. References[edit]

^ Andrew Chan (29 April 2013). "The Phantom Lover". [HK Neo Reviews]. 

External links[edit]

The Phantom Lover
The Phantom Lover
on IMDb The Phantom Lover
The Phantom Lover
at Rotten Tomatoes

v t e

Films directed by Ronny Yu

The Postman Strikes Back
The Postman Strikes Back
(1982) Legacy of Rage
Legacy of Rage
(1986) China
China
White (1989) Great Pretenders (1991) Shogun and Little Kitchen
Shogun and Little Kitchen
(1992) The Bride with White Hair
The Bride with White Hair
(1993) The Phantom Lover
The Phantom Lover
(1995) Warriors of Virtue
Warriors of Virtue
(1997) Bride of Chucky
Bride of Chucky
(1998) The 51st State
The 51st State
(2001) Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy vs. Jason
(2003) Fearless (2006) Saving General Yang
Saving General Yang
(2013)

v t e

The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
by Gaston Leroux

Books

The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
(1909–1910) Phantom (1990) The Canary Trainer
The Canary Trainer
(1993) The Phantom of Manhattan
The Phantom of Manhattan
(1999)

Stage adaptations

Phantom of the Opera (1976) The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
(1986) Phantom (1991) Love Never Dies (2010)

Film and television

The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
(1925) Song at Midnight (1937) Phantom of the Opera (1943) The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
(1962) The Phantom of Hollywood
The Phantom of Hollywood
(1974) Phantom of the Paradise
Phantom of the Paradise
(1974) Opera (1987) The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
(1989) Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge (1989) The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
(1990) The Phantom Lover
The Phantom Lover
(1995) The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
(1998) The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
(2004) The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
at the Royal Albert Hall (2011)

Characters

Erik Christine Daaé Viscount Raoul de Chagny The Persian Carlotta Madame Giry Meg Giry Joseph Buquet

Songs

"The Phantom of the Opera" "The Music of the Night" "All I Ask of You" "Learn to Be Lonely" "'Til I Hear You Sing"

Other

Don Juan Triumphant Punjab lasso Adaptations Return of the Phantom Palais Garnier

v t e

William Shakespeare's Romeo
Romeo
and Juliet

Characters

Romeo Juliet Mercutio Tybalt Benvolio Friar Laurence Nurse Paris Rosaline Queen Mab Atomy

Sources

The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet Pyramus and Thisbe Palace of Pleasure Troilus and Criseyde

Ballets

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1938, Prokofiev) Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1962, Cranko) Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1965, MacMillan) Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1977, Nureyev) Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1965, Lavery) Radio and Juliet
Juliet
(2005) Romeo
Romeo
+ Juliet
Juliet
(2007, Martins) Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(2008, Pastor)

Operas

Romeo
Romeo
und Julie (1776, Benda) Giulietta e Romeo
Romeo
(1796, Zingarelli) Giulietta e Romeo
Romeo
(1825, Vaccai) I Capuleti e i Montecchi
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
(1830, Bellini) Gloria (1874, Cilea) Roméo et Juliette
Roméo et Juliette
(1867, Gounod) A Village Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1907, Delius) Romeo
Romeo
und Julia (1940, Sutermeister)

Musicals

The Belle of Mayfair
The Belle of Mayfair
(1906) West Side Story
West Side Story
(1957) Once on This Island
Once on This Island
(1990) Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l'Amour (2001) Giulietta e Romeo
Romeo
(2007)

Classical

Beethoven's String Quartet No. 1 (c. 1800) Roméo et Juliette
Roméo et Juliette
(1839, Berlioz) Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1870, Tchaikovsky)

On screen

1900 1908 1916 Metro Pictures 1916 Fox 1936 1953 1954 1955 1964 1968 1978 (TV) 1992 (TV) 1996 2006 2007 2013

Film adaptations

English

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
(1953) Romanoff and Juliet
Juliet
(1961) West Side Story
West Side Story
(1961) Gonks Go Beat (1965) Lonesome Cowboys
Lonesome Cowboys
(1968) Romie-0 and Julie-8 (TV; 1979) The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1982) Valley Girl (1983) Bullies
Bullies
(1986) China
China
Girl (1987) Romeo. Juliet
Juliet
(1990) Tromeo and Juliet
Juliet
(1996) Love Is All There Is (1996) Rose by Any Other Name...
Rose by Any Other Name...
(1997) The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) Shakespeare
Shakespeare
in Love (1998) The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
(1999) Romeo
Romeo
Must Die (2000) Brooklyn Babylon (2001) Pizza My Heart (TV; 2005) West Bank Story
West Bank Story
(2005) Life and Lyrics
Life and Lyrics
(2006) Romeo
Romeo
& Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss (2006) Rome & Jewel (2006) David & Fatima (2008) The Cross Road
The Cross Road
(2008) Vicious Circle (2008) Gnomeo & Juliet
Juliet
(2011) Private Romeo
Romeo
(2011) Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies
(2013) Make Your Move (2013) Romeo
Romeo
& Juliet
Juliet
(2013)

Hindi

Ek Duuje Ke Liye
Ek Duuje Ke Liye
(1981) Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
(1988) Saudagar (1991) Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein
Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein
(2002) Bollywood Queen
Bollywood Queen
(2002) Ishaqzaade
Ishaqzaade
(2012) Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
(2013) Issaq
Issaq
(2013)

Telugu

Maro Charitra
Maro Charitra
(1978)

Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi
Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi
(1996) Kalisundam Raa
Kalisundam Raa
(2000) Maro Charitra
Maro Charitra
(2010)

Spanish

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1940) Los Tarantos (1963) 30:e november (Swedish/Spanish 1995) Amar te duele (2002)

Italian

Fury of Johnny Kid
Fury of Johnny Kid
(1967) Ma che musica maestro
Ma che musica maestro
(1971)

Portuguese

Mônica e Cebolinha: No Mundo de Romeu e Julieta (1979) O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta
O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta
(2005)

Other

Ambikapathy (Tamil 1937) Les amants de Vérone (French 1949) Romeo, Juliet
Juliet
and Darkness (Czech 1960) The Phantom Lover
The Phantom Lover
(Mandarin 1995) Chicken Rice War (Cantonese/English 2000) Ondagona Baa (Kannada 2003) Mamay (Ukrainian 2003) The District!
The District!
(Hungarian 2004) In Fair Palestine: A Story of Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(2006) The Bubble (Hebrew/Arabic 2006) Priyatama (Marathi 2014) Arshinagar
Arshinagar
(Bengali 2015) Eeda
Eeda
(Malayalam 2017) The Sea Prince and the Fire Child
The Sea Prince and the Fire Child
(Japanese 1981)

TV series

Sons and Daughters (1982) Family and Friends (1990) Villa Quintana
Villa Quintana
(1995) Yo amo a Paquita Gallego (1998) Skin (2003) A Touch Away (2006) Dangerous (2007) Romeo
Romeo
× Juliet
Juliet
(2007) Romeo
Romeo
y Julieta (2007) Saints & Sinners (2007) Harina de otro costal
Harina de otro costal
(2010) Villa Quintana
Villa Quintana
(2013) Westside (2013 pilot) Star-Crossed (2014) Still Star-Crossed
Still Star-Crossed
(2017)

Plays

Romanoff and Juliet
Juliet
(1956) Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(2013)

Songs

Lan và Điệp (1930s) "Montagues and Capulets" (1935) "Fever" (1956) Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1968) "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (1976) "Angelo" (1978) " Romeo
Romeo
and Juliet" (1978) " Romeo
Romeo
and Juliet" (1981) "Cherish" (1989) "Amor Prohibido" (1994) "Kissing You" (1996) "Exit Music" (1997) " Romeo
Romeo
and Juliet" (1998) "Starcrossed" (2004) "Peut-être toi" (2006) "Mademoiselle Juliette" (2007) "Love Story" (2008) "Love Me Again" "Laal Ishq" "Mor Bani Thanghat Kare" "Nagada Sang Dhol" "Ram Chahe Leela" (2013)

Albums

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1968) Romeo
Romeo
+ Juliet
Juliet
(1996) Romeo
Romeo
& Julia (2006) Tragic Lovers
Tragic Lovers
(2008)

Literature

Les Chouans The Wandering Jew (1844) The Stolen Dormouse (1941) The Faraway Lurs
The Faraway Lurs
(1963) Romiette and Julio (2001) New Moon (2006) Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies
(2010)

Art

Romeo
Romeo
and Juliet: the Tomb Scene (1790) Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(1978)

Phrases

"Star-crossed" "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

Story within a story

Nicholas Nickleby

1912 film 1947 film 1980 play 2001 film 2002 film

The Picture of Dorian Gray

1910 film 1913 film 1915 film 1916 film 1917 film 1918 film 1945 film 1976 TV special 2009 film

Harlequinade W Juliet "Nothing Broken but My Heart" Panic Button Bare: A Pop Opera ""Into the Light" Bolji život The Sky Is Everywhere Pay as You Exit The White Mercedes She Died a Lady "Moonshine River" Rendez-vous Fame "I Am Unicorn" The Frog Prince Molly Smart Girls Get What They Want Tumbleweeds "The Thief of Baghead" The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke Prince Charming Km. 0 Phileine Says Sorry Hamateur Night "Say You'll Be Mine" Into the Gauntlet Wandering Son K-On!

Foreign stories

Adam Khan and Durkhanai Tum Teav Yusuf Khan and Sherbano Solomon & Gaenor Butterfly Lovers Hani and Sheh Mureed Lục Vân Tiên

film

Teav Aek Layla and Majnun Lovers of Teruel

film

Lord Saltoun and Auchanachie Ishaqzaade

Other

Such Tweet Sorrow Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
effect After Juliet "Upper West Side Story" (2012) Millennium Dome Show Inge Sylten and Heinz Drosihn Boys Don't Cry My Wedding and Other Secrets Donkey in Lahore Upside Down Letters to Juliet Sherlock Gnomes

Boo

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