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By Richard Meyer

Jin Yan tells the impressive tale of the "Emperor of Film," who ruled the golden age of chinese language silent video clips. contains dozens of gorgeous stills of Jin Yan and his movies from the private selection of Qin Yi and the China movie Archive.

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However, two critics in a spirit of anti-imperialism liked its message. “The nature of the Chinese nation sometimes seems one that is cowardly and content with temporary ease and comfort, not daring to raise its head and fight against the oppressors. ”22 Both Sun and Jin, while pleased with the technical aspects of their latest production, were disheartened by its box-office failure.

Both cinema versions have happy endings when Mulan takes off her male battle costume, becomes a female again, and gets the man she loves. Jin’s athletic build as a soldier in Hua Mulan Joins the Army was noticed by Wan Laitian who directed and acted in Minxin’s first film of 1929, Rexue Nan’er (The Hot-Blooded Man). 14 The story is about Uncle Zhang, an old miser played by Wan who, with his young son, operate a cart for hire. Zhang wants to marry the iron forger’s teenage daughter but cannot afford the wedding ceremony.

Photo 31 Jin and Qin only appeared together in one film, Shiqu De Aigqing (Lost Love), 1949. Moviegoers were elated that the pair would unite on the screen as they had done in real life. Photo 32 Qin plays Qiu Li Yin and Jin is Qin Fang Qian in Shiqu De Aigqing (Lost Love), 1949. The heroine dies at the end before she can be reunited with her lover. Photo 33 Qin Yi and Jin Yan realize that her husband in the film is a traitor and is a spy for the Japanese in Shiqu De Aigqing (Lost Love), 1949. The film was released after the Communists seized Shanghai.

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