Akiko Tetsuya’s “The Last Star of the East: Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia and Her Films” Article by Yunda Eddie Feng, DVDBeaver.com
Akiko Tetsuya, an intrepid, dedicated reporter, gained extraordinary access to Chinese superstar Brigitte Lin Ching
Hsia, her friends, and her colleagues.
actress’s life and movie industries.
process, into the
When one mentions Hong-Kong Cinema, casual movie viewers might say, “Oh, I saw ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’”, or, “That
‘Hero’ flick had a know can do little very least, people Hidden Dragon” and like China itself,
lot of pretty colors”.
Those of us in the
but suppress our agony; after all, at the have seen the likes of “Crouching Tiger,
Chinese-language cinemas in
The current ascension of Chinese c developments that took place durin when “new wave” movements in Mainl
Kong broke the past.
free from the stifling In Mainland China and T
movements were the results of expression or examining
of movi serious
Kong’s “new wave” successfully with
flicks--even the mainstream fare
an American star like Tom “Magnolia” and “Eyes Wide
Cruise, Shut” mi
inema has its roots in g the 1980s and early-1990s, and China, Taiwan, and Hong traditions and conditions of aiwan, the “new wave” emakers developing new methods
social issues; the movies On the other hand, Hong “artsy” ones--often competed
for box-office dominance. appearing in movies like
star Maggie Cheung, appearing in movies like Love” is as (financially) sound as appearing “Police Story” series.
“In the Mood for in Jackie Chan’s
Though Hong-Kong cinema was extremely vibrant and dominated
Southeast-Asia market during about the territory’s return movie industry to experience
the 1980s and 1990s, anxieties
to Chinese rule in a severe downturn.
why today’s Western audiences are more familiar with Chinese movies in general (like Zhang Yimou’s “Hero”
and “Raise the Red Lantern” or Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine”) than they are with Hong-Kong or Taiwan fare.
Lee, though born in Taiwan, is based in the U.S.
John Woo, Chow
Yun-fat, and Jackie Chan are they have made movies here.)
famous in America primarily because Americans’ lack of familiarity
with Hong-Kong movies is lamentable.
Major talents like Leslie
Cheung Chung, missed
and and out
Anita Mui are dead, and stars like Joey Wong, Cherie
Sally Yeh no longer make movies. on witnessing a golden era.