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A woman’s epic odyssey portraying fantasy

THE 96-year-old Chinese-American actress Lisa Lu, or Lu Yan, is widely known as the “Light of China” for her remarkable performances in cinema, theater and cultural exchanges. The versatile actress has portrayed a number of impressive roles on the big screen, garnered many film awards and introduced many other talented Chinese film professionals to the world.

In a recent exclusive interview with Shanghai Daily, the elegant and amiable artist talked about her deep love of Shanghai, the cultural roots she treasured in the brilliant traditional culture of China, and her keen faith in the younger generations of Chinese filmmakers and actors.

Lu also wrote a sincere message in both English and Chinese to our readers, such as “Arts illuminate life. Loving cinema. Loving Shanghai.”

“艺苑之燕,海天任飞” — this calligraphy which translates as “the swallow of art soars freely in the sky” hangs in Lu’s living room in Los Angeles, and perfectly captures her busy and fruitful life. Despite her advanced age as she approaches 100, one cannot detect any hint of weariness in her, only youthful energies and hopeful anticipation for more great works in her future.


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