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The Worlds of Mei Lanfang

dir. Mei-Juin Chen 1999 Taiwan/USA/China 58 min. video Chinese/English

A beautifully textured documentary about the life of China's most internationally known performer of Peking Opera, uses extensive and fascinating archival footage to bring us closer to the life of Mei Lanfang. World famous by age 17 for his performances in women's roles, he inspired Mei Lanfang fever in both Shanghai and the U.S. during tours in the early 1930s. A remarkably charismatic figure, his sexuality and gender identity have always remained an enigma.