Stars of the classic Chinese opera 'Farewell My Concubine' walked the red carpet in Hollywood on Friday. They were there for a special screening of "Farewell My Concubine: The Peking Opera," a 3D film that captures the very essence of the Chinese opera experience.
The film vividly captures a stage production of the Chinese opera classic. It is designed to give a realistic taste of traditional Chinese culture using the latest 3D technology.
3D film of classic 'Farewell My Concubine' opens in US
The opera stars said that filming the show was a unique experience.
"When we normally perform on stage, we face a thousand people, but performing on camera is different, there's a much bigger audience. When we are performing on stage, we kind of think in a macro view. On camera, it's micro. We have to focus on every scene, every action, every gesture, to directly target our audience," performer Shang Changrong said.
Co-star Shi Yihong agreed that the whole experience was new and exciting.
"As a Peking Opera performer, being a part of a film is very interesting for me, especially in this amazing 3D project," Shi said.
The film is being shown in the US as part of celebrations to mark the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and the US.
It is hoped that the combination of a 200-year-old Peking Opera and modern 3D technology can help people in the US better understand Chinese culture.