Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia: last eastern star of the late twentieth century
Author: Williams, Tony
Source: Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Volume 2, Number 2, 7 July 2008 , pp. 147-157(11)
Abstract:This article aims to explore the star status of Brigitte Lin according to the concepts pioneered by Richard Dyer in his Stars and Heavenly Bodies monographs. In contrast to most works that examine Lin's star phenomenon exclusively in terms of her Hong Kong films and Invincible Asia role in particular, this study emphasizes the importance of her early Taiwan films made during 197284 as well as the transitional Taiwan films of the 1980s directed by Chu Yen Ping when the star sought to change her earlier image. It suggests that Lin was a much more active agent in this process than Tsui Hark. It concludes by noting the significance of the star's off-screen presence as commentator in two post-retirement films, one of which parallels her well-known Hong Kong star image.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Southern Illinois University, USA.
Publication date: July 7, 2008
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