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Eddie: At your website, you mention that the book is a self-

published effort.

Does this

mean

that

you

paid

for

the

printing

costs

with

your

own

money?

Akiko: Yes.

Unfortunately, even

if

I

sold

every

copy

of

the

book,

I

am

still

in

red

ink.

Eddie: Did Brigitte Lin or her friends ever offer to assist you financially with regards to this project?

Akiko: Yes, Brigitte did once.

Not officially, though.

I

declined I wanted

because if I got financial support, I had to obey to maintain independent control over the book.

her.

Eddie: In many of her movies, Brigitte Lin

plays

women

pretending

to

be

men.

In

your

either plays a man interviews with

or

Brigitte Lin, did she ever express a desire roles because she grew up in a conservative patriarchal Confucian values?

to challenge gender culture dominated by

Akiko: She is interested in playing challenging roles,

regardless of gender. lesbians.

She told me that she knew many gays and

Eddie: While chatting with Brigitte Lin, the two of you realized

the dramatic changes that

century.

China

and

Japan

the

two

of

you

cooperated

th have taken place during the 20 were enemies during World War II,

for

this

book.

This

trend

can

be

but seen

elsewhere: Takeshi Kaneshiro acting in Japanese, Chinese, Hong Kong, and Taiwan movies; Zhang Ziyi acting in Seijun Suzuki’s “Operetta Tanuki Goten”; Ken Takakura acting in Zhang Yimou’s

“Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles”.

Do you think Sino-

Japanese joint productions will become a prominent aspect Chinese/Hong Kong/Taiwan and Japanese movie industries?

of

the

Akiko: All business is about money making.

It does not matter

what the nationalities of actors/actresses are if

money. I Geisha”).

think

the

best

example

is

“Sayuri”

(aka

a movie makes “Memoirs of a

Eddie: Generally, the people you met--including Brigitte Lin herself--seem reluctant to say that she has retired from acting.

Based think

on your personal impressions, what kind will entice Brigitte Lin to perform one

of project last time?

do you Will

she

be

like

her

frequent

co-star

Joey

Wong

and

pick

a

socially-

relevant drama like “fun” like a comedy

“Shanghai Story”, or or an action movie?

will

she

pick

something

Akiko: She is interested in playing in an artistic movie, so it’d probably be a serious drama.

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