I came by a DVD called "The Children of the Beijing Opera" this weekend (funnily enough, whilst going to see some Italian opera). It is a documentary about the kids training in the opera school (funnily enough, in Beijing).
The kids start at about 8-9 years old and train so damn hard it is unbelievable. Not quite "Farewell My Concubine" but still pretty hard.They train between 5-8 years.
Great little film if you can see it.
See how well I block your punches with my jaw!!
Supporting everyone saying "nuts to cancer"