Farewell my concubine
2011-12-29 15:25:00

Farewell My Concubine ( 霸王别姬) is a Chinese Peking Opera. A more literal translation of the Chinese title is The Hegemon King says Farewell to his Queen.

The play tells the story of Xiang Yu, the self-styled "Hegemon-King of Western Chu" who battled for the unification of China with Liu Bang, the eventual founder of the Han Dynasty.

In the play, Xiang Yu is surrounded by Liu Bang's forces and on the verge of total defeat, so he calls forth his horse and begs it to run away for the sake of its own safety. The horse refuses, against his wishes. He then calls for the company of his favorite concubine, Consort Yu (aka Yuji). Realizing the dire situation that has befallen them, she begs to die alongside her master, but he strongly refuses this wish. Afterwards, as he is distracted, Yu commits suicide with Xiang Yu's sword.

Source:jschina.com.cn Editor:吴心海