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After watching the legendary musical, 25th Anniversary performance of Miss Saigon recorded live at the Cinema 11 of SM Megamall, I can’t help myself but to brood over the 2001 motion picture, Moulin Rouge.

Yes, it’s obvious, both are musical.  Well, it’s not about the theatrical performance per se, but the lead female character, Satine (Moulin Rouge) and Kim (Miss Saigon). The two protagonists are both in love with the lead actor, both long for freedom, and both are club performer.

So I jot down the things these two have in common:

Truth – blinded by the true identity of their love interest

Three years after the chaotic fall of Saigon, must be by fate, Kim reunite with Chris but the problem is that, Chris is already married for two years with Ellen.

In ACT II, as John (friend of Chris) tries to tell Kim that he’s already married, Kim interrupted and thrilled to tell her son that his father has arrived.

Same with Satine, when she mistakes Christian for the Duke, and dances with him before retiring together to her private chamber to discuss things confidentially but soon learns that he is just a writer.

Beauty – Satine and Kim both possesses winsomeness beauty that captured the two Chris’s (Chris and Christian) and the antagonists: powerful duke (Moulin Rouge) and Thuy Commissar (Miss Saigon).

Chris and Kim (Miss Saigon)
Chris and Kim (Miss Saigon)
Christian and Satine (Moulin Rouge)
Christian and Satine (Moulin Rouge)

Freedom

Satine have always wanted to become a real actress and become free from the Moulin Rouge on the other hand, Kim wanted to leave Saigon and live her dream of a better life.

If you listen to One Day I’ll fly away (Satine)

One day I’ll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
what more could your love do for me?
When will love be through with me?
Why live life from dream to dream….
And dread the day
when dreaming ends?

and Movie in My Mind (Kim)

The dream I have to find

The movie in my mind

A world that’s far away

Where life is not unkind

The movie in my mind

The lyrics says it all, how the two characters dream of finding the perfect place where no one can harm them, a place where they can live happily with their loved ones.

Love- aside from the fact that two were both in love with the guy named “Chris”, the two died fighting for their love.

When the Duke learned about Satine and Christian’s plan to leave the Moulin Rouge, he orders his bodyguards to kill Christian, but is thwarted, while the Duke’s own attempt is stopped by Zidler. The Duke storms out of the cabaret as Christian and Satine complete their song. After the curtain closes, Satine succumbs to tuberculosis. Before she dies, they affirmed their love.

On Kim’s case, in her room while she tells Tam (her son) that he should be happy because he now has father, she also tells him that she cannot go with him but will be watching over him. While The Engineer comes in to take Tam to introduce him to his father, Kim steps begin a curtain and shoots herself, as she falls to the floor, Chris picks her up and asked what she has done. Before she dies, she asked Chris to repeat once more what he said to her the first night they met, “How in one night have we come so far”.

And yes both Satine and Kim die in the arms of their Chris’s.

kim-miss-saigon
Kim (Miss Saigon)
Satine of Moulin Rouge
Satine (Moulin Rouge)

Tragic ending, yes but one thing I’ve learned from these musical, that Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love come in one package. That true love comes unexpectedly. And when you fall in love, it should be unconditional.


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