In Imperial China, two opera singers risk their lives to perform for the Emperor in Beijing and redeem the reputation of their troupe.
Yue Jiu, the most famous opera singer in all of Imperial China, is expelled from the capital city for vulgarity. He heads south, where he encounters Wang Runsheng, a promising young opera singer for the Chuntai Troupe. When the Emperor invites all of China’s opera troupes back to the capital city for a celebration, Yue Jiu and Runsheng are forced to choose between their reputations, their safety, and their love of opera.
Director: Mei Hu
Producer: Hao Yaning
Writer: Zou Jingzhi
Director of Photography: Danny Chen
PD: Huo Tingxiao
Cast: Fu Dalong, Ma Yili, Ma Jinghan, Wang Ziwen, Jiao Huangre
2019 | Genre: Drama, Epic, Romance, Music | Unrated | Run Time: 113 minutes | Language: In Chinese with English subtitles | Aspect Ratio: Available in 4K HD (16:9) | Audio: Stereo, 5.1 Audio
Enter the Forbidden City is directed by Hu Mei (胡玫 ), one of China’s most preeminent female filmmakers. After a brief stint as an actress, she studied directing at the Beijing Film Academy, where she graduated in 1982. Along with her fellow classmates Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou, Hu Mei pioneered the filmmaking movement that has since come to be known as the "Fifth Generation" of Chinese cinema. Her 1997 television series Yongzheng Dynasty was met with wide commercial success and critical acclaim in China, launching her prolific career. Other television shows include The Emperor Han Wu in 2005, and Qiao’s Grand Courtyard the year after. Hu Mei’s most recent film, Confucius, stars Chow Yun Fat and was released worldwide in 2010. Enter the Forbidden City is the seventh feature film that Hu Mei has directed, and is scheduled to be released in the United States in 2020.