The Love Affair of Rainbow
This is another of Brigitte’s pre-HK films back
when she was knocking out lots of weepies in Taiwan during the 1970’s.
This one is a silly truffle of a film. It has the dramatic impact of opening
a box of cheap chocolates – but does it ever have a smorgasbord of Brigitte
This film gorges itself on her image, her face,
and her style. It is almost solely a celebration of this beautiful woman
and nearly worshipful in the way it photographs her in soft light and dewy
close-ups. Back before she played Asia the Invincible and other bigger
than life characters, she seemed so fragile – as if she could easily be
hurt by a harsh word or a cruel intention. The face still untouched by
time or tide. The thick sensual eyebrows, the vulnerable smile, the
proud cheekbones, the powerful dark emotive eyes, her slender nose and
finally the classic cleft chin. It is simply a picture of beauty in its
purest form. I know I’m getting carried away here – but she just looks
so magically lovely in this film.
Brigitte is teamed up again with Charlie Chin
– who co-starred with Brigitte in many of these Taiwanese weepies. This
one is almost a fairy tale as Charlie falls down a mountain one day and
sees flower petals flowing down a stream. Out of curiosity he looks for
the source and finds Brigitte all in white sitting upon a rock throwing
them into the water. It is love at first sight and sound.
Brigitte lives a fairy like existence – living
in a small lovely house in the country with her father – surrounded by
the beautiful flowers she grows – undisturbed by the world beyond her garden.
Her name is Chang Shiao-Hon – Morning Rainbow. Charlie brings the outside
world to her front door. He is a city boy and his family owns a fashion
house in Taiwan and Charlie is expected to follow in the family business
and marry within his class and circle. He wants to be a writer though and
cherishes the purity and honesty of Brigitte. In a funny scene with the
girl his parents have selected for him, he pretends to be playing a blind
man in a film he saw and says he must feel her face – in the process he
“accidentally” removes her wig, her false eye lashes and phony finger nails.
It says everything about this girl and his family’s lifestyle.
Charlie introduces Brigitte to his family as the
girl he wants to marry – the mother faints (something she does later in
the film as well) and the father is incensed. They marry anyway and live
in her small house – but Brigitte is worried that his break-off with his
family will eventually cause them much unhappiness. So when Charlie’s sister
comes with a plan to bring the family together again, Brigitte buys into
The plan is to make Brigitte a famous model
– and she is turned Pygmalion-like from a sweet country girl into a beautiful
fashion model – all without the parents knowing who she is. Charlie doesn’t
much like the change – but Brigitte kind of enjoys all the great clothes
she gets to wear - and her new hairstyle – and so did I!
And like all models do in movies, she soon starts
snorting cocaine by the truckload, having multiple sex partners, is nasty
to waiters, forgets Charlie and runs away with a bisexual Italian Count
who prefers Brigitte in skin tight leather, six inch heels and small fast
Italian sports cars. Charlie slowly walks into the ocean – the movie fades.
Just kidding! These things don’t happen in Taiwanese
weepies as far as I know. But it would have made for a better film! This
is pretty inoffensive pap – but is sort of fun in an innocent other worldly
way – and if you want to see a young radiant Brigitte – this will fulfill
My rating for this film: 5.5