Qin Yi: Everlasting Star in Chinese Movie Industry

August 11, 2017
By Qian LiEditor: Hewater Liu
A screenshot of Qin Yi (L2) at the opening ceremony of the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 17. [v.pptv.com]


"As a filmmaker, I will never withdraw myself from the industry. I will consider how to produce better movies and make additional contributions for the rest of my lifetime," revealed Qin Yi, an iconic figure in the field, at a gathering held on the sidelines of the 20th anniversary of Shanghai International Film Festival in east China's Shanghai on June 20.

Qin has attended all previous celebrations of Shanghai International Film Festival since it was born in 1993. Back then, she was the most prominent actress in China. As a matter of fact, she has witnessed the emergence of the Chinese movie industry in the early 20th century and its development in the following decades.

Qin was born into a traditional family in 1922 in Shanghai, which was the largest metropolitan city in China during the rein of the Kuomintang, or Chinese Nationalist Party (1927-1949). She found an opportunity to enter into the performing art circles in 1938 and quickly became one of the most popular actresses amid the Chinese People's War Against Japanese Aggression.

After the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in October 1949, Qin gave more excellent performances in Railway Guerrilla (1956), Woman Basketball Player No.5 (1957), The Song of Youth (1959), Thunderstorm (1984) and other movies. What's more, she also successfully took a role in the TV series Under the Roofs of Shanghai (1982) and Angel Heart (2012).

During her performance in these movies and TV series, Qin made a perfect demonstration of all involved characters and thus wooed a large number of fans from across the country. Therefore, she was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Shanghai Literary and Art Prize in 2014.

Qin is in constant pursuit of better works, despite already being in her later years. For instance, she personally went to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and led a team to shoot a self-written film script entitled The Bank of Qinghai Lake, which was based on the true stories of engineers and meteorological experts during their participation in the construction of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, in 2015.

So both her friends and other practitioners in the film industry have given high credit to Qin for her decade-long dedication and engagement in the field, acclaiming that she never seems to have had a retirement until now.

However, many of us may know little about the setbacks and difficulties Qin has experienced in her personal life. She has gone through illness, the loss of her husband and only son, and the ups and downs of life. Therefore, the public cannot figure out how she remained elegant and was filled with impressive charisma, even at age of 95 this year.

Other people say that it is a good state of mind that helps Qin survive the loss of family members and difficulties in her life. However, she replied that she has never been a fatalist but has been good at making an analysis of those attacks in order to mitigate their negative influence upon her.

In light of Qin's life story and her never-give-up attitude, domestic playwright Wu Zuguang (1917-2003) wrote in his article The Beauty of Qin Yi that she must possesses all the virtues of a traditional Chinese woman who never gives up in the face of adversity and shows consistent love towards the arts.

Hence it is not difficult to understand why Qin has continually worked hard on the development of the Chinese movie industry and proactively taken part in charity affairs up until now.


A screenshot of Qin Yi (L2) at the opening ceremony of the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 17. [v.pptv.com]


(Source: qclz.youth.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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