China is fighting to save Peking Opera from dying out by trying to make it appeal to younger audiences. In one school in Beijing, children are getting in on the act by taking classes in the ancient Chinese art form.
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After the fall of the tyrantical Qin empire, warlord Chu (Xiang Yu) battled with Liu Bang for supremacy over the new China. At first, victory for he mighty Chu seemed certain. But, fate was against him, and soon his once mighty armies collapsed and abandonded him. Surrounded by the armies of Liu, he seeks solace with his concubine,Yu Ji. True to the last, she chooses to comit suicide rather than be taken from her emperor. In this scene, the concubine Yu Ji trys to calm the lord Chu by entertaining him with a sword dance.