Portrait of Lin Ching Hsia
If there is no such thing as getting enough Brigitte
Lin for you, this TV documentary is something that you should watch if
you ever get the opportunity. It is Brigitte from stem to stern from
top to bottom from beginning to end. It is pure unadulterated Brigitte
Lin dancing, singing, cooking, yakking away and laughing.
This 1991 tribute to Brigitte was made at an
interesting point in her career. She had just made a comeback with Red
Dust for which she received a well deserved Best Actress award after a
few fairly dry years in the late 1980s, but it was still before her classic
roles in such films as Swordsman II, The Bride with White Hair, Dragon
Inn and Ashes of Time.
I should mention that this film has no English
sub-titles, which is a real shame because Brigitte has lengthy conversations
with Tsui Hark's wife, Tsui Hark, her parents and others. Even though I
could not understand the conversations, it was a pleasure just to watch
her face as it becomes so animated and even giddy at times. She simply
comes across as a wonderfully fun person to be around personable, warm,
charming and totally down to earth. Nary a hint of Asia the Invincible
Though a few scenes of her films are shown
(far too few in fact) and some old pictures of her are displayed, the film
basically allows her to become a tour guide of her early life. So Brigitte
visits the small town and house where she lived as a child and she needs
to ask an elderly lady where the house is and the woman looks at her
slightly puzzled and then goes arent you Lin Ching Hsia!" after which
she happily leads Brigitte down the street and calling out to her neighbors.
Brigitte rides a bicycle with children, goes to
her old school and sings with the kids and cooks eggs for her parents (of
which she seems inordinately proud!) and chats with her then boyfriend
Chin Han. Much of this is clearly mundane if it had been almost anyone
but Brigitte I would have fallen asleep long ago. There are two wonderful
scenes though that were created specifically for this special and both
take place at the beginning of the film.
Brigitte appears at the start of the film like
a spectacular vision in a low cut stunning gold nightgown and proceeds
to pose like a Goddess on review beneath a giant portrait of herself. She
then chats for a bit with Hark's wife, Shi Nan-sun, changes into another
fabulously elegant burgundy outfit and does a tango with a very young chic
Jordan Chan. Her beauty is heart clutching.
A rating is superfluous for a film like this
if you love Brigitte see it if you can, if not you probably are not even