The Golden Cangue

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The Golden Cangue (金鎖記) is a 1943 Chinese novella by Eileen Chang. The author's own English translation appeared in the anthology Modern Chinese Stories and Novellas: 1919–1949 (1981) published by Columbia University Press. Fu Lei was an enthusiastic critic of the story,[1] while C. T. Hsia considered it "the greatest novelette in the history of Chinese literature".[2]

The Golden Cangue was adapted into a 2004 Chinese TV series directed by Mu Deyuan (穆德远). It was also adapted to stage numerous times, the most famous version being the one written by Wang Anyi in 2004. Wang's version was first directed by Huang Shuqin and performed by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in 2004.[3] Beginning in 2007, Ann Hui directed Wang's adaptation with Hong Kong's Perry Chiu Experimental Theatre over 80 times in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Singapore. Perry Chiu's husband Clifton Ko is reportedly planning a film version.[4]


  1. ^ Hu, Mingyuan (2017). Fou Lei: An Insistence on Truth. Brill. p. 151. ISBN 978-90-04-34391-7.
  2. ^ Hsia, C. T. (1961). A History of Modern Chinese Fiction. Indiana University Press. p. 398.
  3. ^ 黄蜀芹不愿《金锁记》比《长恨歌》
  4. ^ 焦媛演出《金鎖記》突破100場在望 監製高志森籌拍電影版