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The Dream of the Red Chamber


Directed by Li Han-Hsiang
Hong Kong, 1977


Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia appears in her first ever gender-bending role here as Chia Pao-yu, a shallow and callow youth who fritters his time away. All that changes when his cousin Lin Tai-yu (Sylvia Chang) comes to live with his family.

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The Dream of the Red Chamber Directed by Li Han-Hsiang

Critics reviews

As the sense of emotional doom builds, more and more of the film is expressed in song, until it becomes a full-blown opera by the end. Lin and Chang too bring a different dynamic to the genre than their predecessors, a more modern approach to acting than 60s stars like Betty Loh Ti and Ivy Ling Po. It’s a film out of time, straddling past and future.
May 18, 2018
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