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Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia was one of the biggest stars of

1980s/1990s

Hong-Kong

Cinema.

In

fact,

she

was

a

star

in

the

Taiwan movie industry, too. like Chin Han, Charlie Chin

At one point in time, it seemed , Lin Feng-jiao, and Brigitte Lin--

“the two receipts

Chins and the two Lins”--divided Taiwan

amongst

themselves.

The

four

regularly

box-office acted opposite

one

another.

Lin

Feng-jiao

retired

after

she

married

Jackie

Chan (yes, carried on

that Jackie Chan). a love triangle for

The two several

Chins and Brigitte Lin years, and the trio even

made (the with

“Cloud of Romance”, which is about...yes, a love triangle Chins’ movie roles were reversals of their real-life roles, one being the pursuer and the other being the pursued).

Roughly the first third of Brigi

Taiwan melodramas. appeared in period

Later, she r epics and mar

Occasionally,

she

appeared

in

“T

meant

to

be

exhibited

in

the

Man

tte Lin’s career was devoted to e-located to Hong Kong and tial-arts/fantasy flicks. aiwan” productions (i.e. movies darin dialect) such as the

award-winning

“Red

Dust”,

a

love

deals

with

the

Sino-Japanese

War

Chinese Civil War Lin is best-known

of 1945-1949. for “Peking Op

its sequel “The East Is Wong Kar-wai’s devotees

Red”, an recogniz

and “Ashes

of Time”.

Brigitte

L

of the Red

Chamber”,

which was

b

story set in 1940s’ China that of 1937-1945 as well as the Of her starring roles, Brigitte era Blues”, “Swordsman II” and d “The Bride With White Hair”. e her from “Chungking Express” in herself is fond of “The Dream ased on one of the cornerstone’s

of Chinese literature and played a man in a movie.

was

also

the

first

time

Brigitte

Lin

While searching on the Internet for current information about Brigitte Lin, I came across the website “Akiko Space”

(http://www.akikospace.com/).

“Akiko Space” is

website

of

Akiko

Tetsuya,

a

Japanese

journalist

the personal living in Los

Angeles. To written what appraisal of

my surprise, I discovered that Ms. Tetsuya had is possibly the first book-length English-language Brigitte Lin’s career.

A labor of love that took at least a decade to complete,

“The

Last Star of a collection

the East: Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia and Her of interviews conducted by Akiko Tetsuya.

Films” is She had

met with Brigitte book, she tracked as complete of an

Lin several times, and for the purposes of down Brigitte Lin’s associates in order to

overview

as

possible.

Ms.

Tetsuya

chatted

the get

with very with

Brigitte Lin’s schoolmates, who were her co-stars in her

first movie Elaine Jin,

“Outside the Window” another actress from

back in 1973.

Taiwan

who

also

She chatted

frequently

made movies in Hong Kong (recently, Elaine Jin appeared in

Edward

Yang’s

highly-acclaimed

“Yi

Yi”).

Director

Ronny

Yu

and

cinematographer

Christopher

Doyle

rate

brief

appearances,

and

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