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Xin nü xing (1935)

Overnight, the sexy Wei Ming will become a successful novelist. But, desperate to get the money that she needs to cure her little daughter (and harassed by a rich, unscrupulous rake), she ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Lingyu Ruan ...
Wei Ming
Naidong Wang ...
Dr. Wang
Junli Zheng ...
Yu Haichou
Moqiu Wang ...
Mrs. Wang
Tianxiu Tang ...
Wei Ming's sister
Xu Yin ...
Li Aying
Ling Long ...
Wei Ming's husband
Sujuan Chen ...
Wei Xiaohong, Wei Ming's daughter
Menghe Gu ...
Qi Weide
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Banhua Diao ...
Dance hostess
Lianying Fang ...
Neighbourhood Old woman
Baiqing Fei ...
Man in cloth cap
Jingling Hong ...
Manager
Qiong Liu ...
Doctor A
Guanwu Shang ...
Doctor B
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Overnight, the sexy Wei Ming will become a successful novelist. But, desperate to get the money that she needs to cure her little daughter (and harassed by a rich, unscrupulous rake), she will end up eventually engage in luxury prostitution. Written by jsanchez

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This film was based on the life of actress Ai Xia, who committed suicide in Shanghai in 1934. The following year, Ruan Ling-yu, who plays the lead in this film, also committed suicide. See more »

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Analogous to the writings of authors such Herzen and Chernyshevsky.
8 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie because I really enjoyed the lead actress, Lingyu Ruan, in an earlier film called The Goddess. It is a very late silent film, which I guess would be due to the distribution issues involved with releasing a talkie in a country where so many different dialects are spoken. Oddly enough though, the version I watched actually did have an audio track, with not only music and sound effects, but dubbed over intertitles as well. Anyway, Lingyu Ruan's acting was once again really outstanding and I thought that this was overall a better film than The Goddess. It tells the story of Wei Ming, a feminist intellectual trying to make an independent living in a nearly completely male chauvinistic society. She has one enlightened male friend who is trying to help her get her book published, but she is surrounded by misogynistic men who only want to use and degrade her. Once her daughter falls ill with leukemia things go from bad to worse, and though I don't want to completely spoil the ending, it is not a happy one at all. The relevance of that this film had at the time is reflected in how grimly foreboding it was of the lead actress' own fate. Going into acting was one of the few ways women could make an independent living during this time, sadly Ruan and quite a few actresses would end up just like Wei Ming.


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