Yuen Ling-yuk (Centre Stage)(The Actress)(The New China Woman)
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Yuen Ling-yuk (Centre Stage)(The Actress)(The New China Woman)
In the 1930s, in China, there was a woman film-actress who was tagged as "the Chinese Garbo." She was a wildly popular performer who made her first film at age 16 and died by her own hand at age 25. Ironically, she was famous for playing tragic heroines, and her own life mirrored the kinds of situations she portrayed onscreen. In this biopic, Ruan Ling-yu (Maggie Cheung) is riding high in her career when the press decides to take her down a notch or two, bitterly criticizing her for an affair with a married man. This situation is unbearable for her, and she kills herself, but not… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The luminous Maggie Cheung, who deservedly won the Berlin Festival Acting Award, offers a sensitive portrait of the popular actress Ruan Ling-Yu (she was compared to Garbo), who committed suicide over a scandal in her personal life."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An overwhemingly moving tribute to the popular Hong Kong actress Ruan Ling-yu of the 1930s..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews