Brigitte Lin Returns as Star of Hong Kong and Udine Festivals
The romantic dramas from Taiwan in the 1970s should be remembered as an integral chapter of the history of Chinese language cinema.
They were the by-products of the unique socio-political climate at the time, says screen icon Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia.“People thought that the films we made back then were bad.
But it was an important period of time from a historical perspective,” Lin told Variety.
Taiwan was under martial law and cinema censorship was tight.
“Romantic dramas became the most sought-after entertainment because of that.”Lin went on to star in Wong Kar-wai’s “Ashes of Time” and “Chungking Express,” but was away from the screen until recently.
In March, Lin was the focus of a retrospective at the Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival and this month at the Festival of Far East Film in Udine, Italy.Taiwan-born, Lin rose to stardom in 1973 when she was still a teenager with “Outside the Window,
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