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The film is based on a true story: the tragic life of China’s first prima donna of the silver screen, Ruan Lingyu. This movie chronicles her rise to fame as a movie actress in Shanghai during the 1930s. Actress Maggie Cheung portrayed Ruan in this movie. Nicknamed the “Chinese Garbo,” Ruan Lingyu began her acting career when she was 16 years old and committed suicide at age 24. The film alternates between present scenes (production talks between director Kwan, Cheung, and co-star Carina Lau, interviews of witnesses who knew Ruan), re-creation scenes with Cheung (as Ruan, acting inside this movie), and extracts from Ruan’s original films including her final two films The Goddess and New Women.

Directors: Stanley Kwan
Actors: Maggie Cheung, Han Chin, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Carina Lau, Waise Lee, Li-li Li, Lawrence Ng, Cecilia Yip, Kelvin Wong, San Yip, Paul Chang Chung
Countrys: HongKong

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Score Rating Count Release Date RunTime
7.4 1,603 1991-11-29 126

Crew Details

Job Title Member Name Job Title Member Name
Director of PhotographyPoon Hang-SangPresenterJackie Chan
EditorPeter CheungEditorNick Cheung
WriterPeggy ChiaoDirectorStanley Kwan
EditorKeung Chuen-TakWriterChiu Kang-Chien
ProducerTsui Siu-MingCostume DesignZhou Xiao-Ping
Costume DesignLe Guo-FengOriginal Music ComposerSiu Chung
Art DirectionPiu Yeuk-Muk

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