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'The Painting of 18 Lohans' by GuoGuang Opera Company

  • Publish Date:2016-10-11
'The Painting of 18 Lohans' by GuoGuang Opera Company

  • Chinese Title: 《十八羅漢圖》
  • Year of Release: 2015
  • Produced By: GuoGuang Opera Company
  • Featured Artist: Wei Hai-min
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  • The production was also one of the four annual prize winners of the 2015 Taishin Arts Award.


Touted as the Peking opera rendition of "The Count of Monte Cristo,” "The Painting of 18 Lohans” portrays the moral dilemma faced by a master painter and her talented young ward as they struggle to stay within the appropriate Confucius framework for teacher-pupil conduct.

They successfully outmaneuver temptation and preserve ethical integrity by respectively painting only at night or day, restoring a historical masterpiece before the apprentice finds work at a local bookstore. Jealousy, however, leads the store owner to frame the novice painter, landing him a 15-year prison sentence that forever changes the young man's character…