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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: AkikoTetsuya; First Edition edition (May 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976487128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976487128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Akiko Tetsuyafs long-awaited collection of interviews with Lin is a remarkable achievement in several ways. -- John Charles Hong Kong Digital May 9, 2005

This is a wonderful, compulsively readable companion piece to the actress' large volume of film work... -- Hong Kong Didital, may 9 2005

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In an era of Hong Kong icons, no star shines brighter than Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia. Her talent, her grace, her professionalism, and of course, her beauty, have captivated movie audiences around the world. On the big screen or on stage, she has moved countless viewers as the inimitable "Asia the Invincible" (EAST IS RED) or as the hauntingly beautiful Cheung Yuet-Heung (DREAM LOVERS) and created a legion of fans along the way.

Finally, there's a book about Brigitte that comes from true admiration. Not quite a biography, the book intends simply to bring the heart and soul of the actress to fans and interested readers everywhere. Through a collection of interviews with the author, we get personal vignettes into Brigitte's life through the eyes of her friends, colleagues and the author herself. Rich in passion, loyalty and true friendship, Hong Kong cinema elite give the author glimpses into Brigitte's experiences in the entertainment industry, from her earliest days to her last film before she retreated into retirement. And last, we have Brigitte's own interviews with the author. Conducted over the course of years, these touch-points between "idol" and "fan" provide honest commentary from the actress on her work in the industry that spanned almost 3 decades. It truly is a window into her world.


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If you are a fan of her or just want to know how Hong Kong, China or Taiwanese movie industries were run, you need to read this book.
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It's unusual in that the author is Japanese, the interviewees are Chinese, and the interviews were done in English!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Camp on November 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
"The Last Star of the East: Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia and Her Films" is a book of interviews with Brigitte Lin and various friends and co-workers of hers, covering Lin's 22 years as a movie star, first in Taiwan and later in Hong Kong, and her life as a wife and mother since her retirement in 1994. Fans of Lin know her from such high-profile HK films as PEKING OPERA BLUES, SWORDSMAN II, THE EAST IS RED, DRAGON INN, THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR and CHUNGKING EXPRESS, to name just a few of the 100 films she has made. She has worked with such key figures of Hong Kong cinema as Tsui Hark, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Wong Kar Wai, and Leslie Cheung, among others.

Thanks to her persistence and sincerity, author Akiko Tetsuya, a Japanese journalist based in Los Angeles, managed to get a series of interviews with Lin over the course of five years. Lin was impressed with her and cleared the way for her to interview many of her friends and colleagues. Directors Tsui Hark, Ronny Yu, Stan Lai, Yim Ho and Wong Jing are among those interviewed, along with Tsui Hark's wife, Nan Sun Shi; Taiwanese author Chiung Yao; production designer/editor William Cheung; photographer Yon Fan; and some of Brigitte's longtime personal friends. In the course of these interviews we learn a great deal about Brigitte, her personal life, her work life and her relationships with friends and colleagues. We also learn a great deal about what movie production was like in Taiwan in the 1970s and early '80s and Hong Kong in the 1980s and '90s. We also learn what it's like to be a movie star in Asia, where conditions differ significantly from those in Hollywood where stars are unusually driven and are granted extraordinary powers and privileges.
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I found this book as a hidden jewel for me personally. I was very happy and really grateful to have got this book as Lin Ching Hsia has been my most favourite Asian actress since her early career, even until now...( I still get caught the latest news that she has appeared on Hong Kong Tatler magazine recently for an exclusive interview. Also, her new profession now as which she has just pursued as an author, released her very first memoir whose title 'Inside And Outside The Window' -- as its pinyin system should be 'Chuang Li Chuang Wai'...).
I was absolutely impressed by Akiko Tetsuya. She was so incredibly resourceful about all Lin Ching Hsia's films and their details. So, the contents of the book absolutely match to the title itself as I expected to get to know more about Lin Ching Hsia's works throughout her career. The more pages I read on the interviews, I have higher respect on the professionalism of the actress during her career which were figured out...the more I learned and agreed with those who gave personal comments that she was not merely a big star but definetely a very talented and dedicated actress.
Some of the interviews were very inspirational as I could learn from the actress about being humble, thoughtful, caring and kind hearted.
No doubt, this book has been one my treasured collections on biographies. One who considers himself as Lin Ching Hsia's true fan should not miss to read this book.
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I grew up watching her melodramatic Taiwanese movies that were disliked by Lin Chin Shia herself and most of the people that were interviewed in this book. I, on the other hand, love them so much. But reading this book informed why Lin Chin Shia "hates" that period in her life. This is the first book that I have read about her and I am grateful for the author since I don't read Chinese and there aren't that many publications about her in English. But even if they are, I am guessing most of them are probably gossip since Chin Shia seldom gives interviews, especially about her private life. In this book, we learn about the love triangle and why she married Michael, her current husband.
Lin Chin Shia is probably the only movie star that I would really like to meet in person. I used to dream that I would run into her in SAn Fransisco, where she apparently has (had) a house. This book let me look into a tiny window of Asia female icon life and it's fascinating. If you are a fan of her or just want to know how Hong Kong, China or Taiwanese movie industries were run, you need to read this book.
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But that's a good thing, as it gives the book a sincere and honest rather than exploitative feel. The bulk of the text consists of interviews the author was able to obtain with both Brigitte Lin herself and with friends and people who had worked with her. It's unusual in that the author is Japanese, the interviewees are Chinese, and the interviews were done in English! But I'm very very glad the book came out in English and not Japanese as the author apparently originally intended. Thank you!

I found it an illuminating, yet respectful, look at Brigitte Lin's career and something of her personal life. It was also interesting to read a bit about how the movie industry worked in Taiwan and Hong Kong. (Producers camping out at her home, threatening to jump out the window if she didn't agree to a deal, triad involvement, bags of cash, hazardous working conditions, being a "star" but not an "actor", how she was recruited right out of high school for her first movie, etc.) I also appreciated the numerous photos, both B&W and color. This is also a great book to have on hand as a reference, especially since the Brigitte Lin fan website went down.

Highly recommended. I'm glad I bought this book.
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