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'Paramount lover?' Hong Kong opera puts new spin on life of Mao

Feng shui master plans on taking controversial production to mainland

A billboard advertising the Cantonese opera "Chairman Mao," at the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point, Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- Seen as either the benevolent father of Chinese communism, or a brutal dictator who ruled with an iron fist, Chairman Mao Zedong divides opinion. Nowhere is this more evident than in today's Hong Kong as it wrestles with its own identity and the specter of greater control from Beijing.

This makes it an intriguing location for a Cantonese opera production about the women in Mao's life.

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