Brigitte Lin

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Brigitte Lin
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Background information
Chinese name 林青霞 (traditional)
Chinese name 林青霞 (simplified)
Pinyin Lín Qīngxiá (Mandarin)
Jyutping lam4 cing1 haa4 (Cantonese)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Lîm Chheng-hâ (Hokkien)
Origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Born (1954-11-03) 3 November 1954 (age 62)
Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Occupation Actress
Years active 1973 - 1994
Spouse(s) Michael Ying (m. 1994)
Children 2
Ancestry Yantai, Shandong

Brigitte Lin (Chinese: 林青霞; pinyin: Lín Qīngxiá) or Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia (born 3 November 1954) is a Taiwanese actress. She was a popular actress, regarded as an icon of Chinese cinema,[1] who acted in both Taiwanese and Hong Kong films. She retired in 1994, although she had a minor role in the 1998 film Bishonen.

Biography[edit]

She was born in Taipei and she was discovered in 1972 by a film producer after she finished women high school and was preparing for University.[2] Her movie debut is in Outside the Window (1973) which made her a star.[2] Subsequently, she joined Chiung Yao's company and gained recognition for her roles in romantic films based off the novels by Chiung.[2][3][4] Lin won the Best Actress award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival for her role as a girl scout in Eight Hundred Heroes (1976).

Known for being a "screen goddess" by Chinese film lovers, Lin's early collaborations with Hong Kong New Wave directors Ringo Lam, Tsui Hark and Jackie Chan in Love Massacre (1981), Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983), Police Story (1985) and Peking Opera Blues (1986) brought her success. In 1990, she won the Best Actress trophy at the 27th Golden Horse Awards for her depiction of a Chinese female writer who fell in love with a Japanese collaborator in Red Dust (1990).[4]

In 1992, Swordsman II directed by Tsui Hark brought Lin one of the most memorable roles in the history of Chinese martial arts movies. In the film, she succeeded in portraying the male protagonist Dongfang Bubai. Swordsman II marked the peak of her career in terms of box office earnings.[4] It was featured on Time magazine as one of the greatest films made since 1923.[5] Subsequently, she starred in many other notable martial epics including New Dragon Gate Inn (1992) and The Bride with White Hair (1993). Lin's subsequent collaborations with Wong Kar-wai in Ashes of Time (1994) and Chungking Express (1994) were also some of her most notable films.[6]

At the height of her popularity, Lin was inarguably one of the most sought-after actresses in the Chinese film industry. She starred in more than 100 movies.[6] Lin was credited for boosting Taiwan's film production in the 1970s before earning even greater popularity in Hong Kong in the 1990s, becoming a trans-island legend of her time.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lin married Hong Kong businessman Michael Ying in 1994 and left the film industry. She has two daughters, born in 1997 and 2001. She made her first public appearance since her marriage at the screening of Ashes of Time Redux during the 2008 New York Film Festival.

Filmography[edit]

Brigitte Lin's hand print and autograph at the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.
Year Title Role Awards
1973 Outside the Window
窗外
Jiang Yanrong
1974 Gone with the Cloud
云飘飘
Li Zhongjiang
Ghost of the Mirror
古镜幽魂
Susu
Love, Love, Love
纯纯的爱
Lin Chunchun
The River of Cloudy
云河
Liang Xinlan
Female Reporter
女记者
Shen Fuhui
Girlfriend
女朋友
Xia Xiaochan
The House of Love
爱的小屋
Xiao Yu
Green Green Meadow
青青草原上
Fang Menglan
Long Way from Home
長情萬縷
Lin Shanshan
1975 Misty Drizzle
烟雨
Ji Chunxia
The Life God
云深不知处
White-clothed girl
Xiao Yi Huai Chun
小姨怀春
Wan Qing
Run Lover Run
爱情长跑
Shui Liping
Hot Wave
热浪
Xia Xiaoyu
The Unforgettable Character
在水一方
Tu Hsiao-shuang
He Loved Once Too Many
水云
Shui Jiao
Love Story of Pian Pian
翩翩情
Pian Pian
The Forest of Forever
長青樹
Luo Yanan
1976 Eight Hundred Heroes
八百壮士
Yang Huimin
Autumn Song
秋歌
Dong Zhiyun
The Chasing Game
追球追求
Fang Meihan
Tomorrow I'm 20
明天二十岁
Love Kungfu
恋爱功夫
Xia Xiaoyun
The Beauty with Two Faces
海天一色
Love Forever
海誓山盟
Yi Lian
Today and Tomorrow
昨夜,今夜,明夜
Forever My Love
枫叶情
Li Jinwen
Different Love
不一样的爱
Song Xiaoyu
My Funny Intern
鬼马俏医生
Fang Jie
1977 Come Fly With Me
我是一沙鸥
Liu Yanmei
The Cloud of Romance
我是一片云
Tuan Wanlu
The Dream of the Red Chamber
金玉良缘红楼梦
Jia Baoyu
There's No Place Like Home
异乡梦
Ye Hualing
The Love Affair of Rainbow
奔向彩虹
Xiao Hong
My Sweet Love
温馨在我心
Li Huifang
Orchid in the Rain
幽兰在雨中
Qiu Meng
1978 The Misty Moon
月朦胧鸟朦胧
Liu Lingshan
Love of the White Snake
真白蛇传
Madam White Snake
Morning Fog
晨雾
Du Xiaowu
Moon on the Beach
沙滩上的月亮
Luo Xiaolu
A Journey of Love
无情荒地有情天
Yin Meizhen
Birds Are Singing Everywhere
处处闻啼鸟
Shen Yalun
The Story of Green House
绿色山庄
Fang Yizhu
1979 The Wild Goose on the Wing
雁儿在林梢
Tao Lifan
Love Under a Rosy Sky
彩霞满天
Yin Tsai-Chin
A Love Seed
一颗红豆
Xia Chulei
Cheng Gong Ling Shang
成功岭上
The Choice of Love
一片深情
Wen Jiayi
By Love Obsessed
情奔
Ruo Ping
An Unforgettable Day
难忘的一天
Tian Yuqiu
1980 Magnificent 72
碧血黄花
Marigold
金盏花
Han Peiyin
Poor Chasers
恋爱反斗星
Shen Rong
1981 Love Massacre
爱杀
Ivy
The Women Soldiers
中国女兵
Wen Jingyi
1982 Fantasy Mission Force
红粉兵团
Fang Huijun
Burn Phoenix Burn
燃烧吧!火鸟
Wei Yanran
Pink Force Commando
红粉游侠
Hu Fangling
Lily Under the Muzzle
枪口下的小百合
Xiao Han
The Deadly Angels
脂粉奇兵
Hero vs Hero
慧眼识英雄
Shen Liangbai
1983 Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain
新蜀山剑侠传
Ice Queen
All the Wrong Spies
我爱夜来香
Ying Hong
Demon Fighter
午夜兰花
Susu
Four Shy Guy
四傻害羞
Mo Hailun
Black and White Pearl
黑白珠
Guan Xuezhu
1983 Da Jing Qi
1938大惊奇
Dragon Attack
迷你特攻队
Lei Li
1984 The Other Side of Gentleman
君子好逑
Jojo
Victims of the Assassin
情人看刀
Ling'er
Seven Foxes
七隻狐貍
Miss Lin
1985 Police Story
警察故事
Selina Fong
1986 Peking Opera Blues
刀马旦
Tsao Wan
Dream Lovers
梦中人
Cheng Yuet-heung
True Colours
英雄正传
May
1987 Lady in Black
夺命佳人
Chan Mei-fung
The Thirty Million Dollar Rush
横财三千万
Sister Maria
Flag of Honor
旗正飘飘
Qin Feng
1988 Starry is the Night
今夜星光灿烂
To Cai-mei
1989 Web of Deception
惊魂记
Jane Lin
1990 Red Dust
滚滚红尘
Shen Shaohua
1992 Swordsman II
笑傲江湖之东方不败
Dongfang Bubai
Handsome Siblings
刀剑笑
Hua Wuque
New Dragon Gate Inn
新龙门客栈
Yau Mo-yan
Royal Tramp
鹿鼎记
So Chuen Cameo
Royal Tramp II
鹿鼎记之神龙教
Long'er
Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring
暗恋桃花源
Yun Zhifan
1993 Swordsman III
东方不败之风云再起
Dongfang Bubai
Boys Are Easy
追男仔
Ching Siu-tung
The Bride with White Hair
白发魔女传
Lian Nichang
The Bride with White Hair 2
白发魔女传2
Lian Nichang
The Black Panther Warriors
黑豹天下
Ching-ching
The Eagle Shooting Heroes
射雕英雄传之东成西就
Third Princess
1994 Ashes of Time
东邪西毒
Murong Yang / Murong Yin / Dugu Qiubai
Chungking Express
重庆森林
Woman in blonde wig
Fire Dragon
火云传奇
Fire Dragon/ Ying Ha
Semi-Gods and Semi-Devils
天龙八部之天山童姥
Lei Chau-shui / Lei Chong-hoi
The Three Swordsmen
刀劍笑
Ming-kim
Deadful Melody
六指琴魔
Huang Xuemei
1998 Bishonen
美少年之恋
Narrator
2001 Peony Pavilion
游园惊梦
Narrator
2015 Up Idol
偶像来了
Herself Reality show

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1975 Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actress Eight Hundred Heroes Won
1980 Golden Horse Awards Magnificent 72 Nominated
1982 Hero vs Hero Nominated
1984 Hong Kong Film Award Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain Nominated
1986 Police Story Nominated
1990 Golden Horse Awards Red Dust Won
1993 Hong Kong Film Award Swordsman II Nominated
Handsome Siblings Nominated

Related publications[edit]

  • The Last Star of the East: Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia and Her Films (2005)[7]
  • 窗裏窗外 Inside and outside the window (2011) [8][9]
  • 雲去雲來 Cloud Goes, Cloud Comes (2014)[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 10 Best Chinese Movie Actresses of All Time". China Whisper. 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2017-08-12. 
  2. ^ a b c He Ying (何颖) (2008). "Brigitte Lin, Legend of the Ageless Beautiful Girl" 《林青霞,不老的玉女传奇》. 《快乐阅读》 [Happy Reading] (in Chinese). Changsha, Hunan: Hunan Education Press. p. 6. ISSN 1671-329X. 
  3. ^ "China Movie Goddesses". Women of China. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Brigitte Lin: Writing Her Own Role". China Pictorial. 
  5. ^ "Brigitte Lin, Swordsman II". Time. 
  6. ^ a b "Screen icon Lin Ching-Hsia". CRI English. 
  7. ^ Akiko., Tetsuya, (2005). The last star of the East : Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia and her films. Los Angeles, Calif.: Akiko Tetsuya. ISBN 0976487128. OCLC 60449219. 
  8. ^ a b 1954-, Lin, Qingxia,; 1954-, 林青霞,. Yun qu yun lai (Di 1 ban ed.). Guilin Shi. ISBN 7549559503. OCLC 899206278. 
  9. ^ "Legendary film star Lin Ching-hsia releases memoirs". Ecns.cn. 

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