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2017-04-12 13:40 ChineseTime

The romance novels by Chiung Yao that launched many acting careers

Well-known contemporary author Chiung Yao's novels have spawned 70 films and TV series. Many young actresses and actors rose to fame overnight after appearing in these adaptations.

Recently, it was not one of her 52 novels that drew attention to the 79-year-old writer, but her will. She has asked her son and daughter-in-law not to try to save her life if she develops a terminal disease. Instead she expressed her support for voluntary euthanasia to die quickly and gracefully.

Her statement sounds romantic and idealist, like the stories she wrote.

Here are 10 films and TV adaptations from Chiung's novels and the stars her stories have created.

The romance novels by Chiung Yao that launched many acting careers
Outside the Window and Brigitte Lin. [Photo/Mtime, amazon.cn]

Outside the Window and Brigitte Lin

Outside the Window is Chiung's maiden work published in 1963. The 1973 film adaptation starred Brigitte Lin who later became an iconic contemporary actress.

The film focuses on a romance between a teenage girl and her senior high school teacher.

Lin went on to play leading roles in about 10 adaptations of Chiung's novels.


The romance novels by Chiung Yao that launched many acting careers
Cloud of Romance and Terry Hu. [Photo/Mtime; amazon.cn]

Cloud of Romance and Terry Hu

While Chiung usually engineered a happy ending for the characters who fight for love, Cloud of Romance is an exceptional tragedy.

Terry Hu, who was a very popular actress in Taiwan at the time, played a supporting role in the 1977 film adaptation. The film also starred three famous actors, Brigitte Lin, Qin Han and Charlie Lin.

Chiung wrote the lyrics for the theme song sung by veteran singer Fong Feifei.

The romance novels by Chiung Yao that launched many acting careers
Plum Blossom Scar and Vivian Chen. [Photo/Mtime; screenshots of Plum Blossom Scar]

Plum Blossom Scar and Vivian Chen

The 1993 TV series, Plum Blossom Scar, was adapted from a story in Chiung Yao's Plum Blossom series. The other two books in the series were also adapted for the screen.

Vivian Chen played leading roles in two adaptations of the Plum Blossom series. In Plum Blossom Scar, she played a fairy and innocent girl Bai Yinshuang whose name means white frost. This was the first time Chen appeared in a TV series.

The romance novels by Chiung Yao that launched many acting careers
Between Water and Clouds and Chen Hong. [Photo/Mtime; file photo]

Between Water and Clouds and Chen Hong

As one of the Plum Blossom series, Between Water and Clouds is about a romance between a poor painter and a girl from a rich family. The lovebirds are finally reunited after overcoming countless obstacles.

Chen Hong, one of the most well-known actresses from the Chinese mainland, played a supporting role as Wang Zixuan in the 1993 TV adaption of the novel.


Princess Pearl I and Ruby Lin. [Photo/Mtime; file photo]

Princess Pearl I & II and Ruby Lin

Princess Pearl I, the 1998 TV adaption, created a legend on the Chinese mainland and many Asian countries attracting remarkable ratings. In the autumn of 1998, almost every family watched the series that later became an unforgettable memory for many post-80s and 90s young Chinese people.

The Princess Pearl series was inspired by Gong Zhu Fen in Haidian district, a place in Beijing Qiong once visited.

A series of young actors who played roles in the popular series became household names overnight, including Zhao Wei, Ruby Lin, Zhou Jie and Alec Su. Ruby Lin played the role of Princess Ziwei, a lost daughter of the emperor.


Heavens Shed Tears and Jiang Qinqin. [Photo/Mtime; amazon.cn]

Heavens Shed Tears and Jiang Qinqin

The 1998 TV series was adapted from Chiung's novel of the same name. It was directed by Li Ping, who created many adaptions of the writer's books. The TV version featured actors and actresses from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Continuing the romance theme, the story is about a couple from two large typical Chinese families and their relatives.

Jiang Qinqin played a leading role in the series and soon became well-known in the same year she graduated from Beijing Film Academy.

The romance novels by Chiung Yao that launched many acting careers
Mist of Rainy and Kuei Ya-Lei. [Photo/Mtime; file photo]

Mist of Rainy and Kuei Ya-Lei

The 1966 film Mist of Rainy was adapted from the novel of the same name by Chiung Yao. It features a love triangle with two daughters of a warlord who are both in love with the same man. The book has been adaptated several times, including the 2001 TV series Romance in the Rain, starring Zhao Wei.

Kuei Ya-Lei played the protagonist Lu Yiping in the film and won the best actress award at the 4th Golden Horse Award. Born in 1944, Kuei Ya-Lei has become a veteran actress, playing many impressive screen roles.

The romance novels by Chiung Yao that launched many acting careers
Fantasies Behind the Pearly Curtain and Patrick Tse. [Photo/Mtime; file photo]

Fantasies Behind the Pearly Curtain and Patrick Tse

Chiung's novel Fantasies Behind the Pearly Curtain was adapted into a film for the first time in 1975. It is another love triangle that changes each of the three people's fate and attitudes towards life.

The film starred Patrick Tse, who was very popular from 1960s-80s in Hong Kong. Patrick also appeared in many martial arts films and TV series, including the classic 1983 The Legend of the Condor Heroes. His son Nicholas Tse is also a pop singer who once enjoyed great popularity.

The romance novels by Chiung Yao that launched many acting careers
Green Grass along the River and Steve Ma. [Photo/Mtime; file photo]

Green Grass along the River and Steve Ma

Premiered in 1992, the TV series was adapted from Chiung's novel Six Dreams. It tells the story of two orphans, Qing Qing and Xiao Cao. They are sisters and try to change their fate by choosing the life they want to lead rather than letting others decide for them.

Steve Ma, who played many leading roles in TV adaptations of Chiung's novels, played protagonist He Shiwei in the series. Due to his exaggerated expressions, especially loud cries, he is nicknamed as "Howler" or "King of Roar".

The romance novels by Chiung Yao that launched many acting careers
Romance in a Courtyard and Qin Han. [Photo/Mtime; amazon.cn]

Romance in a Courtyard and Qin Han

The novel was adapted into a film in 1971 and a TV series in 1987. It is a love story between the son of a businessman and a woman worker from his family's tea garden.

The film starred Qin Han, who appeared in many other TV and film adaptations of Chiung's novels. Qin Han's fine acting skills were noted in Taiwan at the time. Along with another three popular actors and actresses, Brigitte Lin, Fengjiao Lin, Charlie Qin, they were called the "Two Lins and Two Qins" in Taiwan.

(China Daily)

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