The Love Eterne (1964)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Fairy Tales & Legends, Melodrama  |   Run Time - 126 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong, Taiwan  |  
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In this dreamy romance set in China during the fourth-century, a young woman convinces her parents to allow her to dress as a boy and attend university. Once there she soon falls in love with another student, but of course, she cannot tell him the truth lest she jeopardize her chance for an education. Years later the young man learns the truth and goes to her family home to see her. He gets there just before she is to marry another. Distraught, he kills himself. When she hears about that, she trades her wedding clothes for those of mourning and visits his grave. Suddenly a terrible storm whirls around her. The grave opens up and she is sucked into its depths. The storm abates, and in the sparkling sunshine the grave reopens. From it's maw fly two beautiful butterflies--the young lovers transformed.

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butterflies, China, death, disguise, education, fantasy, grief, home, identity, impersonation, love, marriage, parent, reality, romance, storm, student, traveling, university, visit, wedding