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Richard J. Meyer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622095861

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622095861.001.0001

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“The Emperor of Film”

“The Emperor of Film”

(p.23) Chapter 3 “The Emperor of Film”
Jin Yan

Richard J. Meyer

Hong Kong University Press

In the 1930s, Lianhua studios had the money to make films and had the finest talent in world cinema. Sun Yu, although ill, decided to begin filming Yecao Xianhua (Wild Flower), which he had written, with Jin Yan and Ruan Ling-yu in mind for the leads. The two emerging actors started both a successful professional relationship and a warm close friendship on the set. Wild Flower was extremely important in establishing Jin as a leading man, and he together with Ruan, began a series of box-office hits. Lianhua took advantage of his success. 1931 and 1932 were stellar years for Lianhua and its founders were proven to be correct in continuing to make silent cinema. His popularity was enhanced when the newspaper The Sound of Cinema launched a poll so readers could elect a “Movie Emperor”. Jin Yan was elected in a runaway race.

Keywords:   Emperor of Film, Jin Yan, Lianhua, Sun Yu, Yecao Xianhua, Ruan Ling-yu, Wild Flower, silent cinema

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