Shanghai of the 1930s and 1940s is a popular backdrop for film
and TV productions.
In the latest project to feature the city of that period, Monica
Chan, Miss Hong Kong 1989, will portray a famous Shanghai film star
whose tragic life is parallel to that of Ruan Lingyu, in her latest
TV drama Pear Flowers in the Storm.
The 40-episode series, which is helmed by veteran Hong Kong
director Wong Jing and also stars Kristy Yeung, is steeped in the
rich nostalgia of old Shanghai, once called the "Adventurers'
Monica Chan (photo:
The storyline is about five young women's struggles to attain
stardom in the entertainment industry. It will be aired on the
local Film and Drama Channel from Thursday.
"For the first time I play a film star who loves the wrong
person and commits suicide after she is raped by a Japanese
captain," Chan said.
Ruan, one of the most famous actresses in China, killed herself
in 1935 after she became involved in a bigamy suit.
(Shanghai Daily January 28, 2008)