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Jin Yan: The Rudolph Valentino of Shanghai

Richard J. Meyer


This book tells the story of the “Emperor of Film”, who dominated the golden age of Chinese silent movies. Jin Yan achieved his greatest stardom in the 1930s, when women literally threw themselves at his feet. Married first to the Chinese actress Wang Renmei, his movie roles with “the Goddess” Ruan Ling-yu spurred public demand for more of them together in films made by the leading studio, Lianhua. It was Jin who made Ruan aware of film's awesome power to portray social problems while evading the censors with melodramatic soap opera formats. Jin's life spanned the most turbulent period in mode ... More

Keywords: Emperor of Film, Chinese silent movies, Jin Yan, Lianhua, social problems, May Fourth, Communists, Lei Feng, liberal movement, Ruan Ling-yu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789622095861
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622095861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard J. Meyer, author