FIRST LADY OF CHINESE CINEMA

 Romantic, patriot, feminist and celebrated restaurateur ... but scholars have dropped the ball on filmmaker ESTHER ENG! 

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WHERE ARE HER FILMS?
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She made the "first Cantonese Singing-Talking Picture made in Hollywood" (1936), directed "national defence" dramas for China (1930s), gave Bruce Lee his screen debut (1941) and produced & directed the first all-Chinese picture made in and around Hawaii  ... Yet you may never have heard of this remarkable woman who directed 9 featres in America/HK. 

READ ON ...
HISTORY OF THIS SITE ... with thanks to my friend, FRED RICE, who dragged it back from the grave and offered invaluable advice (being not responsible for my gaffes in design). In 2001, I created a rough tribute to Esther modelled on www.donaldofchina.com invitinga colleague, also interested in her story, to contribute comments. However, the site atrophied and  went offline (abandoned by its server) in 2005. Fred found and rescued most of it circa 2008 and I began this slow revamp only in May 2010 to reflect its actual  projects. An intended joint film script had already failed before the site's earlier disappearance but a film project (new)  remains its central feature. Read on - meet the indomitable ESTHER ENG!

 

 

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Copyright Frank Bren, 2001 & 2010. Site enquiries via frankmondial@lycos.com  Selected images of Esther Eng and stills from her films are reproduced by kind permission of Esther's sister,  Sally Ng Kam-ping. All others come from Frank Bren's  private collection.

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