I really believe that Ruan Ling-yu and Jin Yan are a great team. They made several films together which were very popular. Ruan committed suicide at age 24 after making 29 films (see my book "Ruan Ling-yu: The Goddess of Shanghai" for her tragic life story). I am also writing a book about Jin Yan. The Peach Girl is out on a restored version with a beautiful score by Donald Sosin and is available from the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (www.silentfilm.org). The photography of the film reminds one of Chinese landscapes. Lianhua Film Company made many films in the 1930s that were critical of feudalism yet were presented in a soap opera format to fend off KMT censors.
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