Butterfly Lovers: The Chinese Romeo & Juliet by Crystal TaiThis play dramatizes one of Chinas most popular folktales, which is often dubbed as the Chinese Romeo and Juliet. In the story set in the fourth century AD, the Chinese Juliet is Zhu Yingtai (please note that the Chinese name order puts the surname first), who cross-dresses in order to attend the boys-only Nishan Academy (similar to todays prep school and/or liberal arts college).
Yingtai falls in love with an altruistic and diligent classmate, Liang Shanbo, and Shanbo also loves Yingtai, but unaware of Yingtais female identity, he just cherishes their friendship. In the meantime, a headstrong but emotionally fragile classmate, Ma Wentsai, sees through Yingtais disguise and falls for her, though he often comes across like a bully and annoys her.
Wentsai is Governor Mas only son. Even though Yingtai is never attracted to Wentsai, her father forces her to marry him, because thats the only way to write off the debt the Zhu family owes Governor Ma and cannot afford to pay back. To keep her family from going bankrupt, Yingtai has to accept the Ma familys proposal. By this time, Shanbo has already learned that Yingtai is actually a girl. Overjoyed with excitement, Shanbo immediately goes to Yingtais house to propose, but then he only gets to see a tearful Yingtai, who breaks the bad news to him...
In the end, Shanbo and Yingtai die for each other just like Romeo and Juliet. Their souls turn into a pair of beautiful butterflies.
This is a timeless love story every native speaker of Chinese around the globe is familiar with, and it has been adapted into numerous Chinese language plays, movies, and TV dramas. However, there are very few English versions of the story, among which this play stands out for uniquely incorporating some of todays teen issues, such as self-confidence, school bullying, and tolerance, into the plot. The play also includes elegant English translations of famous quotes from the Analects of Confucius, as well as instructions on how to play the world-renowned and mesmerizing Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto as background music. Those who have listened to the violin concerto will especially find this play fascinating. As romantic as the violin concerto, this play is a must-read to anyone interested in the worlds greatest love stories of all time.
The Butterfly Lovers
Here is one of those stories, straight from China and about centuries years old. The legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai is a beautiful, doleful, and moving love story that is set in China's Eastern Jin Dynasty, and I thought it was beautiful too. The story had the privilege of being adapted to stage plays, operas, TV series and movies, like this beautifully animated film I had watched online. And after watching it I love it. The film begins with a beautiful, intelligent young woman named Zhu Yingtai from Shangyu, Zhejiang, who is the only daughter of the wealthy noble Zhu family. Of course in the original story, Yingtai is the youngest out of 9 siblings- eight boys and one girl.
The butterfly lovers (Hong Kong Animation Movie) RARE
Sign in. Stars on the purple carpet at the Emmys decide which TV show characters would make great superheroes or supervillains , and more. Watch now. Title: The Butterfly Lovers Zhu Yanzhi Charlene Choi , disguised as a man, seeks to learn martial arts with an elite clan. Once she begins her intense training, Zhu finds herself at odds with her trainer and superior, Liang Chun Wu. During the Eastern Jin Dynasty, parents dress a pretty girl like a boy, so she may be educated in a local boarding school.