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CLIP 6118

'The Butterfly Lovers' (English)

'The Butterfly Lovers' (English)
Key Info
  • 'The Butterfly Lovers' (English)
  • Duration: 05:16
  • Yu Jun wants to study but tradition dictates that she can't, so she dresses as a boy and goes to school. There she meets Liang. They fall in love and he asks her Father for her hand in marriage. He refuses and Liang, realising he cannot have Yu Jun, becomes ill and dies. But Yu Jun is determined to be with her only love – what will she do to be with him again? This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Stories: From Other Cultures

  • Keywords: short story, modern retelling, adaptation, beginning, middle, end, Telling Tales, Telling Tales English version, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • Can be used in the following ways: Discuss how mood and atmosphere are created. Discuss how the story has been updated. Describe characters orally and in writing. Identify formal story language. Structure a new sequence of events based on the story and use this as a story plan. Write in the style of the story using typical dialogue, past tense and time connectives.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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