The War Years

Richard J. Meyer

in Jin Yan

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622095861
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207080 | DOI:
The War Years

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One month after the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, Jin Yan and his wife Wang Renmei and the cream of Shanghai's actors appeared in a stage production called “Defending the Lu Gou Bridge”. The play was a sensation in Shanghai and was part of a concerted effort by the inhabitants of the city to demonstrate their hatred of the Japanese invasion. After that, shooting films in Chongqing was a challenge. From 1940 to 1945, only twenty features were produced and these were of poor quality. Production was hindered by the huge bureaucracy, poorly educated censors, and little financial help from the government. After the war, Jin Yan wondered whether he could resume his career as the “Emperor” of film or if he would be forgotten in the turmoil of post-war developments.

Keywords: Marco Polo Bridge; Shanghai; stage production; Japanese invasion; Chongqing; Jin Yan

Chapter.  6405 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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