Brigitte Lin

Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia (Chinese: 林青霞; pinyin: Lín Qīngxiá; born 3 November 1954) is a Taiwanese actress. She was a popular actress, regarded as an icon of Chinese cinema, who acted in both Taiwanese and Hong Kong films. She retired in 1994, although she had a minor role in the 1998 film Bishonen. She was born in Taipei, and was "discovered" in 1972 by a film producer, and first appeared in many Taiwanese romance films based on the novels of Chiung Yao. Her movie debut is in Chuangwai. She later switched over to making movies in Hong Kong. At the height of her popularity she was arguably one of the most sought-after actresses in the Chinese film industry. She starred in more than 100 movies. In Hong Kong movies, Lin made a career of playing transgender roles: in Peking Opera Blues she plays a tomboy who dresses in male Western clothes; in New Dragon Gate Inn she is a woman who dresses as a man, and in Swordsman II and III she plays a male character who castrates himself for power and so is now slowly turning into a woman. She had a good working relationship with Tsui Hark, acting in many of the films he directed (like Peking Opera Blues) and produced (Swordsman II). She married businessman Michael Ying in 1994 and left the film industry. She has two daughters, born in 1997 and 2001. She made her first public appearance since her marriage at a screening of Ashes of Time Redux at the 2008 New York Film Festival. Description above from the Wikipedia article Brigitte Lin ...

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Chungking Express (1994)

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Two melancholic Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Kar-wai
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Faye Wong  •  Takeshi Kaneshiro

Two melancholic Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Kar-wai
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Faye Wong  •  Takeshi Kaneshiro

Ashes of Time (1994)

Ouyang Feng is a heartbroken and cynical man who spends his days in the desert, connecting expert swordsmen with those seeking revenge and willing to pay for it. Throughout five seasons in exile, Ouyang spins tales of his clients' unrequited loves and unusual acts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Kar-wai
CAST:  Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk  •  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Jacky Cheung  •  Carina Lau

Ouyang Feng is a heartbroken and cynical man who spends his days in the desert, connecting expert swordsmen with those seeking revenge and willing to pay for it. Throughout five seasons in exile, Ouyang spins tales of his clients' unrequited loves and unusual acts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Kar-wai
CAST:  Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk  •  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Jacky Cheung  •  Carina Lau

The Bride with White Hair (1993)

The sensitive swordsman Cho Yi-Hang is tired of his life. He is the unwilling successor to the Wu-Tang clan throne and the unsure commander of the clan's forces in a war against foreign tribes and an evil cult. One day, he meets the beautiful Lien, a killer for the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronny Yu
CAST:  Leslie Cheung  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Francis Ng  •  Elaine Lui Siu-Ling

The sensitive swordsman Cho Yi-Hang is tired of his life. He is the unwilling successor to the Wu-Tang clan throne and the unsure commander of the clan's forces in a war against foreign tribes and an evil cult. One day, he meets the beautiful Lien, a killer for the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronny Yu
CAST:  Leslie Cheung  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Francis Ng  •  Elaine Lui Siu-Ling

Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)

In the fifth century, constant civil war scars western China. To escape death, Ti, a young scout, jumps through a crevice in the Zu mountains where he gets entangled in a great battle against the Blood Demon, a supernatural entity seeking to wreak havoc upon the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tsui Hark
CAST:  Yuen Biao  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Sammo Hung  •  Tsui Hark

In the fifth century, constant civil war scars western China. To escape death, Ti, a young scout, jumps through a crevice in the Zu mountains where he gets entangled in a great battle against the Blood Demon, a supernatural entity seeking to wreak havoc upon the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tsui Hark
CAST:  Yuen Biao  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Sammo Hung  •  Tsui Hark

Bishonen (1998)

Jet is a gay hustler who one night spots a young man walking with a woman, and falls for him instantly. He does some research, and discovers that the man is called Sam, and is an apparently straight policeman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yonfan
CAST:  Stephen Fung  •  Daniel Wu  •  Shu Qi  •  Terence Yin

Jet is a gay hustler who one night spots a young man walking with a woman, and falls for him instantly. He does some research, and discovers that the man is called Sam, and is an apparently straight policeman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yonfan
CAST:  Stephen Fung  •  Daniel Wu  •  Shu Qi  •  Terence Yin

Peking Opera Blues (1986)

The film is set in 1913 Beijing, during Yuan Shikai's presidency of the Republic of China. It depicts the adventures of a team of unlikely heroines: Tsao Wan, a patriotic rebel who dresses as a man; Sheung Hung, a woman in search of a missing box of jewels; and Pat ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tsui Hark
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Cherie Chung  •  Sally Yeh  •  Kenneth Tsang

The film is set in 1913 Beijing, during Yuan Shikai's presidency of the Republic of China. It depicts the adventures of a team of unlikely heroines: Tsao Wan, a patriotic rebel who dresses as a man; Sheung Hung, a woman in search of a missing box of jewels; and Pat ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tsui Hark
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Cherie Chung  •  Sally Yeh  •  Kenneth Tsang

Royal Tramp (1992)

The story of Wilson Bond, a pimp who after saving Chan, the leader of the Heaven and Earth society, a revolutionary group, is made a member. After a botched first assignment for the group, he is made a servant to the Prince, the very person the Heaven and Earth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Jing
CAST:  Stephen Chow  •  Chingmy Yau  •  Sharla Cheung  •  Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu

The story of Wilson Bond, a pimp who after saving Chan, the leader of the Heaven and Earth society, a revolutionary group, is made a member. After a botched first assignment for the group, he is made a servant to the Prince, the very person the Heaven and Earth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Jing
CAST:  Stephen Chow  •  Chingmy Yau  •  Sharla Cheung  •  Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu

Dragon Inn (1992)

During the Ming Dynasty, Tsao Siu-yan, a power-crazed eunuch who rules his desert region of China as if he were the Emperor, ruthlessly thwarts plots against him and sets a trap for one of his enemies at the Dragon Gate Inn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Hui Min
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk  •  Donnie Yen  •  Tony Leung Ka-fai

During the Ming Dynasty, Tsao Siu-yan, a power-crazed eunuch who rules his desert region of China as if he were the Emperor, ruthlessly thwarts plots against him and sets a trap for one of his enemies at the Dragon Gate Inn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Hui Min
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk  •  Donnie Yen  •  Tony Leung Ka-fai

The Legend of the Swordsman (1992)

Ling Wu Chung decides to hide from the chaotic world. Before leaving, he visits his friends, a tribe of snake-wielding women warriors. However, he finds that the tribe have been attacked, and their leader Yam Ying Ying has been abducted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Ching Siu-Tung
CAST:  Jet Li  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Michelle Reis  •  Waise Lee Chi-Hung

Ling Wu Chung decides to hide from the chaotic world. Before leaving, he visits his friends, a tribe of snake-wielding women warriors. However, he finds that the tribe have been attacked, and their leader Yam Ying Ying has been abducted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Ching Siu-Tung
CAST:  Jet Li  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Michelle Reis  •  Waise Lee Chi-Hung

Swordsman III: The East Is Red (1993)

A royal official accompanies a Portuguese warship to the Black Cliffs to see the site of the defeat of the evil Invincible Asia, who attained supernatural abilities by following the sacred scroll and castrating himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Ching Siu-Tung  •  Lee Hui Min
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Joey Wong  •  Jean Wang  •  Yu Rongguang

A royal official accompanies a Portuguese warship to the Black Cliffs to see the site of the defeat of the evil Invincible Asia, who attained supernatural abilities by following the sacred scroll and castrating himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Ching Siu-Tung  •  Lee Hui Min
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Joey Wong  •  Jean Wang  •  Yu Rongguang

Red Dust (1990)

Stretching across the canvas of the Sino-Japanese War of the 30s, the subsequent Japanese surrender in 1945, and the onslaught of Communism, this film depicts an ill-fated romance between a talented lady novelist and a Chinese traitor working with the Japanese who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yim Ho
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk  •  Josephine Koo Mei-Wah  •  Richard Ng

Stretching across the canvas of the Sino-Japanese War of the 30s, the subsequent Japanese surrender in 1945, and the onslaught of Communism, this film depicts an ill-fated romance between a talented lady novelist and a Chinese traitor working with the Japanese who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yim Ho
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk  •  Josephine Koo Mei-Wah  •  Richard Ng

Boys Are Easy (1993)

A man wants to see his three daughters get married.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Jing
CAST:  Tony Leung Ka-fai  •  Jacky Cheung  •  Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk  •  Brigitte Lin

A man wants to see his three daughters get married.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Jing
CAST:  Tony Leung Ka-fai  •  Jacky Cheung  •  Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk  •  Brigitte Lin

Starry Is the Night (1988)

As Cai Mei, a single 40 year old woman and a social worker starts a relationship with a teen-ager Tian-Ah, she remembers her relationship when she was young with her professor, a married man older than her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ann Hui
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  George Lam Chi-Cheung  •  David Wu  •  John Woo

As Cai Mei, a single 40 year old woman and a social worker starts a relationship with a teen-ager Tian-Ah, she remembers her relationship when she was young with her professor, a married man older than her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ann Hui
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  George Lam Chi-Cheung  •  David Wu  •  John Woo

Love Massacre (1981)

The boyfriend of a young co-ed turns into a demented stalker after his sister's suicide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrick Tam Kar-Ming
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Charlie Chin Chiang-Lin  •  Tina Lau Tin-Lan  •  Chang Kuo-Chu

The boyfriend of a young co-ed turns into a demented stalker after his sister's suicide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrick Tam Kar-Ming
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Charlie Chin Chiang-Lin  •  Tina Lau Tin-Lan  •  Chang Kuo-Chu

Love, Love, Love (1974)

Love, Love, Love is a Taiwanese film, released in 1974 by Central Motion Pictures Corporation and spoken in Mandarin. It stars Charlie Chin as Li Ai-fang and Brigitte Lin as Lin Chuen-chuen. Chin Chuan is co-starring in this film. It was written, composed, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liu Chia-chang
CAST:  Charlie Chin Chiang-Lin  •  Chin Chuan  •  Chung Hu  •  Ju-shou Li

Love, Love, Love is a Taiwanese film, released in 1974 by Central Motion Pictures Corporation and spoken in Mandarin. It stars Charlie Chin as Li Ai-fang and Brigitte Lin as Lin Chuen-chuen. Chin Chuan is co-starring in this film. It was written, composed, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liu Chia-chang
CAST:  Charlie Chin Chiang-Lin  •  Chin Chuan  •  Chung Hu  •  Ju-shou Li

The Peach Blossom Land (1992)

Two drama companies happened to share one auditorium for rehearsal. Friction was inevitable. One of them played 'Peach Blossom', a comedy in medieval costume. Another played 'Secret Love', a sad story with contemporary setting. Though unreconciled in all aspects, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stan Lai
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Wei-hui Li  •  Pao-Ming Ku  •  Lee Lichun

Two drama companies happened to share one auditorium for rehearsal. Friction was inevitable. One of them played 'Peach Blossom', a comedy in medieval costume. Another played 'Secret Love', a sad story with contemporary setting. Though unreconciled in all aspects, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stan Lai
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  Wei-hui Li  •  Pao-Ming Ku  •  Lee Lichun

Dream Lovers (1986)

Chow Yun-Fat and Brigitte Lin have their incredible talents used to the hilt in this romantic mystery about a pair of tragic lovers from 2100 years before now reincarnated in modern Hong Kong.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Au Ting-Ping
CAST:  Chow Yun-fat  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Elaine Jin  •  Guan Shan

Chow Yun-Fat and Brigitte Lin have their incredible talents used to the hilt in this romantic mystery about a pair of tragic lovers from 2100 years before now reincarnated in modern Hong Kong.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Au Ting-Ping
CAST:  Chow Yun-fat  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Elaine Jin  •  Guan Shan

The Other Side of Gentleman (1984)

As part of a sociology experiment, Brigitte Lin tries to get lower-class playboy Alan Tam to fall in love with her. Not only does he fall for her, but he finds it impossible to return to his playboy life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ringo Lam
CAST:  Alan Tam  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Chang Kuo-Chu  •  Bennett Pang Kin-San

As part of a sociology experiment, Brigitte Lin tries to get lower-class playboy Alan Tam to fall in love with her. Not only does he fall for her, but he finds it impossible to return to his playboy life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ringo Lam
CAST:  Alan Tam  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Chang Kuo-Chu  •  Bennett Pang Kin-San

All the Wrong Spies (1983)

In Hong Kong, Circa 1940s, World War II, private detective Yoyo and friend Inspector Teddy Robin join a resistance group during the Japanese occupation. They aim to steal back the formula to the atomic bomb from a war traitor and transfer it to an American before ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Teddy Robin
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  George Lam Chi-Cheung  •  Teddy Robin  •  Tsui Hark

In Hong Kong, Circa 1940s, World War II, private detective Yoyo and friend Inspector Teddy Robin join a resistance group during the Japanese occupation. They aim to steal back the formula to the atomic bomb from a war traitor and transfer it to an American before ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Teddy Robin
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  George Lam Chi-Cheung  •  Teddy Robin  •  Tsui Hark

Eight Hundred Heroes (1975)

As battle rages in Shanghai, a single battalion of soldiers led by Xie Jinyuan is ordered to hold back the Japanese forces at the Sihang warehouse. Girl scouts risk their lives to deliver food and medicine to the defenders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ting Shan-Hsi
CAST:  Stanley Fung  •  Chen Hung-Lieh  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Carter Wong

As battle rages in Shanghai, a single battalion of soldiers led by Xie Jinyuan is ordered to hold back the Japanese forces at the Sihang warehouse. Girl scouts risk their lives to deliver food and medicine to the defenders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ting Shan-Hsi
CAST:  Stanley Fung  •  Chen Hung-Lieh  •  Brigitte Lin  •  Carter Wong
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